Democracy as the Political Empowerment of the People: The Betrayal of an Ideal

Democracy as the Political Empowerment of the People: The Betrayal of an Ideal

by Majid Behrouzi

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Overview

Democracy as the Political Empowerment of the People: The Betrayal of an Ideal argues that the conception of democracy that prevails in the general consciousness of the contemporary world is a distorted version of the 'original' idea of democracy. An important component of democracy in its original formulation was the ideal of the citizens' direct participation in the legislative and political decision-making process, yet modern representative governments frequently disregard this fundamental component. While often justified by claims of impracticality, Majid Behrouzi sets up the case for a return to the ideal of direct democracy. Offering a short conceptual history of the idea of democracy, this book aims to provide an account of the efforts and the relevant historical and theoretical developments that have contributed to the 'perversion' of the original idea of democracy, ultimately retrieving the idea of the direct, deliberative, and equal participation of all citizens in political decision-making. Together with its companion volume, Democracy as the Political Empowerment of the Citizen: Direct-Deliberative e-Democracy, this book is essential to scholars interested in the evolution of modern democracy and the future of politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739118108
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 09/29/2006
Pages: 226
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.77(d)

About the Author

Majid Behrouzi holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from York University, Canada. In addition to philosophy, he has also studied mathematics and engineering and holds advanced degrees in these fields. He currently teaches mathematics and philosophy in Cleveland.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Part I: The Idea of Democracy in Pre-Liberal and Non-Liberal Societies Chapter 3 The "Original" Idea of Democracy Chapter 4 Macpherson and the Idea of Democracy as a "Class Affair" Chapter 5 Rousseau and the Idea of the Sovereignty of the "General Will" Chapter 6 The "Marxian Idea of Democracy": The Ideal and the Real Chapter 7 Bolshevism and the Idea of "Proletarian Democracy" Chapter 8 Concluding Remarks to Part I Part 9 Part II: The Case of the Liberal State and Liberal Democracy Chapter 10 Liberalism and the Rise of the Liberal State Chapter 11 The Liberal State and the Idea of Representative Government Chapter 12 The Rise of the Liberal-Democratic State Chapter 13 Schumpeter and the Liberal-Democratic Conception of Democracy Chapter 14 Justifying Representative Government Chapter 15 Concluding Remarks to Part II Part 16 Part III: The Case of the Late Liberal-Democracy Chapter 17 The Late Liberal-Democratic State: Crisis of Representative Democracy Chapter 18 Theories of Participatory Democracy Chapter 19 Theories of Deliberative Democracy Chapter 20 Concluding Remarks to Part III Chapter 21 Conclusion

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