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Why democracy is oppositional, John Medearis

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Why democracy is oppositional
Title
Why democracy is oppositional
Statement of responsibility
John Medearis
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Is infrequent voting the most we can expect from a free citizenry? Would democracy be more robust if our political discourse were more deliberative? John Medearis's trenchant and trend-bucking work of political philosophy argues that democracies face significant challenges that go beyond civic lethargy and unreasonable debate. Democracy is inherently a fragile state of affairs, he reminds us. Revisiting fundamental questions about the system in theory and practice, 'Why Democracy Is Oppositional' helps us see why preserving democracy has always been<U+0127> �and will always be<U+0127> �a struggle. As citizens of democracies seek political control over their destinies, they confront forces that threaten to dominate their lives. These forces may take the form of runaway financial markets, powerful special interests, expanding militaries, or dysfunctional legislatures. But citizens of democracies help create the very institutions that overwhelm them. Hostile threats do not generally come from the outside but are the product of citizens' own collective activities. Medearis contends that democratic action perpetually arises to reclaim egalitarian control over social forces and institutions that have become alienated from large numbers of citizens. Democracy is therefore necessarily oppositional. Concerted, contentious political activities of all kinds are fundamental to it, while consensus and easy compromise are rarities.--
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Medearis, John
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Democracy
  • Equality
  • Opposition (Political science)
Label
Why democracy is oppositional, John Medearis
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-250) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction -- 1. The Ironic Place of Movements in Democratic Theory -- 2. Episodes in the History of Alienation and Democratic Theory -- 3. A Contemporary Theory of Alienation -- 4. Oppositional Democracy -- 5. Contesting the Welfare State -- Epilogue : On Alienation and the Contemporary Security State
Control code
FIEb1771607x
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
257 pages
Isbn
9780674725331
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
  • (Uk)017164275
  • (OCoLC)893709498
Label
Why democracy is oppositional, John Medearis
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-250) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction -- 1. The Ironic Place of Movements in Democratic Theory -- 2. Episodes in the History of Alienation and Democratic Theory -- 3. A Contemporary Theory of Alienation -- 4. Oppositional Democracy -- 5. Contesting the Welfare State -- Epilogue : On Alienation and the Contemporary Security State
Control code
FIEb1771607x
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
257 pages
Isbn
9780674725331
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
  • (Uk)017164275
  • (OCoLC)893709498

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