Principles and Genealogy
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Representative Democracy by Nadia Urbinati
Book DescriptionIt is usually held that representative government is not strictly democratic, since it does not allow the people themselves to directly make decisions. But here, taking as her guide Thomas Paine's subversive view that "Athens, by representation, would have surpassed her own democracy," Nadia Urbinati challenges this accepted wisdom, arguing that political representation deserves to be regarded as a fully legitimate mode of democratic decision making - and not just a pragmatic second choice when direct democracy is not possible.As Urbinati shows, the idea that representation is incompatible with democracy stems from our modern concept of sovereignty, which identifies politics with a decision maker's direct physical presence and the immediate act of the will. She goes on to contend that a democratic theory of representation can and should go beyond these identifications. Political representation, she demonstrates, is ultimately grounded in a continuum of influence and power created by political judgment, as well as the way presence through ideas and speech links society with representative institutions. Deftly integrating the ideas of such thinkers as Rousseau, Kant, Emmanuel Joseph Sieyes, Paine, and the Marquis de Condorcet with her own, Urbinati constructs a thought-provoking alternative vision of democracy.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226842790
(231mm x 157mm x 20mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 16-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Nadia Urbinati
Antiegalitarian Mutation, Hardback (September 2016)
Translation of: La mutazione antiegualitaria.
Tyranny of the Moderns, Hardback (March 2015)
In a well-reasoned and thought-provoking polemic, the author explores a profound shift in the ideology of individualism, from the ethical nineteenth-century standard, in which each person cooperates with others as equals for the betterment of their lives and the community, to the contemporary "I don't give a damn" maxim.
Democracy Disfigured, Hardback (February 2014)» View all books by Nadia Urbinati
Diagnoses the ills besetting the body politic and offers a defense of the messy compromises that define democracy. The author focuses less on democracy's enemies than on those who pose as its friends: technocrats, partisan demagogues, and media operatives who turn governance into a spectator sport of winners, losers, and fans.
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Author Biography - Nadia Urbinati
Nadia Urbinati is professor of political science at Columbia University. She is the author of Mill on Democracy, also published by the University of Chicago Press.
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