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Democracy Defended
By Gerry Mackie

Democracy Defended

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Democracy Defended by Gerry Mackie

Book Awards

  • Winner of American Political Science Association: Gladys M. Kammerer Award 2004.

Book Description

Is there a public good? A prevalent view in political science is that democracy is unavoidably chaotic, arbitrary, meaningless, and impossible. Such scepticism began with Condorcet in the eighteenth century, and continued most notably with Arrow and Riker in the twentieth century. In this powerful book, Gerry Mackie confronts and subdues these long-standing doubts about democratic governance. Problems of cycling, agenda control, strategic voting, and dimensional manipulation are not sufficiently harmful, frequent, or irremediable, he argues, to be of normative concern. Mackie also examines every serious empirical illustration of cycling and instability, including Riker's famous argument that the US Civil War was due to arbitrary dimensional manipulation. Almost every empirical claim is erroneous, and none is normatively troubling, Mackie says. This spirited defence of democratic institutions should prove both provocative and influential.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521534314
ISBN-10: 0521534313
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 32mm)
Pages: 500
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 27-Nov-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Gerry Mackie

Gerry Mackie is a Research Fellow at the Research School of Social Sciences, Institute of Advanced Studies, Australian National University.

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