Law, Pragmatism and Democracy
By (author) Richard A. Posner
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Law, Pragmatism and Democracy by Richard A. Posner
Book DescriptionA liberal state is a representative democracy constrained by the rule of law. Richard Posner argues for a conception of the liberal state based on pragmatic theories of government. He views the actions of elected officials as guided by interests rather than by reason and the decisions of judges by discretion rather than by rules. He emphasises the institutional and material, rather than moral and deliberative, factors in democratic decision making. The great advantage of democracy is not that it is the rule of the wise or the good but that it enables stability and orderly succession in government and limits the tendency of rulers to enrich or empower themselves to the disadvantage of the public. Posner's theory steers between political theorists' concept of deliberative democracy on the left and economists' public-choice theory on the right.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674018495
(235mm x 155mm x 27mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Richard A. Posner
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Author Biography - Richard A. Posner
Richard A. Posner is Circuit Judge, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School. He is the author of Public Intellectuals and Frontiers of Legal Theory (both from Harvard).
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