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Party and DemocracyThe Uneven Road to Party Legitimacy$
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Piero Ignazi

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198735854

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198735854.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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Party and Democracy
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Piero Ignazi

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198735854.003.0001

The introduction suggests that the problem of the acceptance of the political party is ‘ontological’: the party in itself is an element of division. As a consequence, the acceptance of party entails the acknowledgement of the possibility and feasibility of difference, division, conflict, and opposition. That is, it goes counter to the mainstream of what Western civilization has always considered desirable in society and in polity: union and harmony, consensus and agreement, concord and cohesion. The introduction illustrates the main passages that the book will present in the long road to party acceptance, up to a sort of reversal in recent times when the party has again come under the fire of discontent and criticism.

Keywords:   party, part, unity, harmony, monism, holism, acceptance, legitimacy, discontent

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