Show Summary Details
Page of

(p. 77) 4. Democracy 

(p. 77) 4. Democracy
Chapter:
(p. 77) 4. Democracy
Author(s):

Thomas Christiano

DOI:
10.1093/hepl/9780199680436.003.0005
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD POLITICS TROVE (www.oxfordpoliticstrove.com). © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Politics Trove for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 25 November 2020

This chapter examines various conceptions of the normative grounds of democracy. After some preliminaries, it discusses considerations that favour and disfavour democracy from the perspective of instrumentalism. It then reviews some arguments for the intrinsic value of democracy and goes on to analyse one of the most fundamental challenges that a theory of democracy must face: the problem of citizenship. It also explains some of the institutional prerequisites of democratic institutions if they are to meet the challenge of citizenship. Finally, it presents a case study on deliberative polling as a way of realizing democratic ideals, along with Key Thinkers boxes featuring Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Joseph Schumpeter, Robert Dahl, James Buchanan, and Gordon Tullock.

Access to the complete content on Politics Trove requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.