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Author: Ricardo Blaug

ISBN: 9780231124812
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 600
Published: 17 August 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.8
What is democracy? How can it be defended and justified? How do we understand the complexities of democracy in a world of rapid change?

At a time when democracy appears to be universally acclaimed as the only acceptable form of government, it is all the more necessary to be clear about what democracy means. "Democracy: A Reader" provides a range of pivotal statements on this important topic from supporters and defenders as well as critics and skeptics, including Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Rousseau, de Tocqueville, Kant, Wollstonecraft, Schumpeter, Berlin, Marx, Lenin, Phillips, Young, Dahl, Kymlicka, Parekh, Walzer, Hayek, Habermas, Scruton, Barry, and Mouffe.

Key topics include:

Freedom and autonomy



Majority rule


Marxist and socialist critiques

Conservative, elitist, and authoritarian critiques

Feminist critiques

Civil society

The market



Non-Western perspectives

The future of democracy

Within the space of one volume this comprehensive coverage provid...

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