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The French Revolution and the birth of electoral democracy, Melvin Edelstein

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The French Revolution and the birth of electoral democracy
Title
The French Revolution and the birth of electoral democracy
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Melvin Edelstein
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Language
eng
Summary
Democracy is perhaps the defining characteristic of modern Western society, but even as late as the nineteenth century it was often viewed with suspicion by many who saw it as akin to anarchy and mob rule. It was not until the French and American revolutions of the eighteenth century that electoral democracy began to gain momentum as a serious force, which was eventually to shape political discourse on a broad, international scale. Taking as its focus the French Revolution, this book explores how the experience in France influenced the emergence of electoral democracy, arguing - contrary to recent revisionist studies - that it was indeed the progenitor of modern representative democracy. Rejecting the revisionist semiotic approach to political culture; it instead adopts a definition emphasizing the shared values that govern political behavior, arguing that the Revolution's essential contribution to modern political culture is its concept of citizenship, embracing widespread political participation. In a broader sense, the book studies the grass-roots democracy, focusing on participation in the primary and secondary electoral assemblies. It is primarily concerned with electoral behavior and practices: how can we explain the electoral process and its results? It analyzes electoral procedures and practices, and voter turnout, based on extensive quantitative data. While focused on political history, this work also examines political sociology, giving careful attention to the occupational composition of elected officials. While acknowledging the democratic shortcomings of the French Revolution (the absence of political parties, electoral campaigns, and declared candidates), the book's comprehensive study of revolutionary elections concludes that, together with its American counterpart, the French Revolution did indeed give birth to modern electoral democracy. As such, this book is essential reading for historians, political scientists, sociologists and readers interested in the origin of modern liberal democracy.--
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Dewey number
324.94404
Illustrations
  • maps
  • facsimiles
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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The French Revolution and the birth of electoral democracy, Melvin Edelstein
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction -- 1. The elections to the estates general -- 2. Subjects into citizens -- 3. The first municipal elections -- 4. The first cantonal elections -- 5. The emergence of a new political elite in 1790 -- 6. Revolutionary electoral culture and the dynamics of voting in assemblies -- 7. Elections of the justices of the peace -- 8. The elections of June 1791 for the first National Legislature -- 9. The elections of June and August-September 1791 and the renewal of the political personnel -- 10. The establishment of the First French Republic -- 11. Ratification of the constitutions of 1793 and 1795 -- 12. The transformation of electoral politics in the directory and Napoleonic periods -- Conclusion -- Appendix I: Turnout in the vote for the mayors of the department capitals in the first municipal elections of 1790 -- Appendix Ii: Turnout in the vote for the mayors of the department capitals in november 1791
Control code
FIEb1756119x
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiv, 365 pages
Isbn
9781409454717
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
maps, facsimile
System control number
(OCoLC)855491694
Label
The French Revolution and the birth of electoral democracy, Melvin Edelstein
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction -- 1. The elections to the estates general -- 2. Subjects into citizens -- 3. The first municipal elections -- 4. The first cantonal elections -- 5. The emergence of a new political elite in 1790 -- 6. Revolutionary electoral culture and the dynamics of voting in assemblies -- 7. Elections of the justices of the peace -- 8. The elections of June 1791 for the first National Legislature -- 9. The elections of June and August-September 1791 and the renewal of the political personnel -- 10. The establishment of the First French Republic -- 11. Ratification of the constitutions of 1793 and 1795 -- 12. The transformation of electoral politics in the directory and Napoleonic periods -- Conclusion -- Appendix I: Turnout in the vote for the mayors of the department capitals in the first municipal elections of 1790 -- Appendix Ii: Turnout in the vote for the mayors of the department capitals in november 1791
Control code
FIEb1756119x
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiv, 365 pages
Isbn
9781409454717
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
maps, facsimile
System control number
(OCoLC)855491694

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