Democracy and Goodness: A Historicist Political Theory
Democracy and Goodness: A Historicist Political Theory

Democracy and Goodness: A Historicist Political Theory

John R. Wallach
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John R. Wallach proposes a new democratic theory that emphasizes the need to understand its roots in history, power, and ethics, with a primary focus on human activity, not consent. It challenges the dominant perspectives on democracy including liberalism, moralism, poststructuralism, and realism.
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Citizens, political leaders, and scholars invoke the term 'democracy' to describe present-day states without grasping its roots or prospects in theory or practice. This book clarifies the political discourse about democracy by identifying that its primary focus is human activity, not consent. It points out how democracy is neither self-legitimating nor self-justifying and so requires critical, ethical discourse to address its ongoing problems, such as inequality and exclusion. Wallach pinpoints how democracy has historically depended on notions of goodness to ratify its power. The book analyses pivotal concepts of democratic ethics such as 'virtue', 'representation', 'civil rightness', 'legitimacy', and 'human rights' and looks at them as practical versions of goodness that have adapted democracy to new constellations of power in history. Wallach notes how democratic ethics should never be reduced to power or moral ideals. Historical understanding needs to come first to highlight the potentials and prospects of democratic citizenship.

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ISBN 9781108435567
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Format Paperback
Pages 320
Publication date 18 January 2018

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