On the People's Terms A Republican Theory and Model of Democracy

ISBN-10: 0521182123
ISBN-13: 9780521182126
Edition: 2012
Authors: Philip Pettit
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Description: According to republican theory, we are free persons to the extent that we are protected and secured in the same fundamental choices, on the same public basis, as one another. But there is no public protection or security without a coercive state.  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/6/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 347
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

According to republican theory, we are free persons to the extent that we are protected and secured in the same fundamental choices, on the same public basis, as one another. But there is no public protection or security without a coercive state. Does this mean that any freedom we enjoy is a superficial good that presupposes a deeper, political form of subjection? Philip Pettit addresses this crucial question in On the People's Terms. He argues that state coercion will not involve individual subjection or domination insofar as we enjoy an equally shared form of control over those in power. This claim may seem utopian but it is supported by a realistic model of the institutions that might establish such democratic control. Beginning with a fresh articulation of republican ideas, Pettit develops a highly original account of the rationale of democracy, breathing new life into democratic theory.

Introduction: the republic, old and new
Freedom as non-domination
Social justice
Political legitimacy
Democratic influence
Democratic control
Conclusion: the argument, in summary

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