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Vital DemocracyA Theory of Democracy in Action$
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Frank Hendriks

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199572786

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572786.001.0001

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Opening Debate

Opening Debate

Six Characters in Search of Democracy

(p.1) Opening Debate
Vital Democracy

Frank Hendriks (Contributor Webpage)

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In the opening debate, the four models of democracy – central to the main text of the book – are discussed by ‘six characters in search of democracy’. The six, reunited former members of a Politics and Democracy reading group, personify different positions in the general debate about democracy, and in plain language they express different preferences regarding (in)direct democracy as well as (non‐)majoritarian democracy. At some point during their talks, one of them summarizes the various positions, along lines similar to the ones that are central to this book.

Keywords:   representation versus self‐determination, aggregation versus integration, pendulum democracy, consensus democracy, voter democracy, participatory democracy

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