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The Struggle for Democracy
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The Struggle for Democracy: Paradoxes of Progress and the Politics of Change

Christopher Meckstroth

Abstract

When political factions compete over the right to act in the “people’s” name, who is to decide? This problem was left unresolved by the great seventeenth- and eighteenth-century theorists of popular sovereignty and their critics, and it is little closer to being solved today. This book defends a new democratic theory that finally provides an answer. It argues that familiar attempts to define democracy in terms of timeless principles or institutions can only fall into paradox when faced with struggles over democratic founding and change. The only solution is to begin instead from the act of dem ... More

Keywords: democracy, progress, Kant, Hegel, Socrates, change, popular sovereignty, constitutionalism, founding, people

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190213923
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190213923.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Meckstroth, author
University of Cambridge