Democratic Decision-Making: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives contains eight essays by political scientists addressing various aspects of the democratic decision-making process. The book is divided into four parts: democratic statesmanship, the extent to which limitations of the democratic principle of majority rule are desirable, the contemporary doctrine of adeliberative democracy, a and informal modes of democratic decision-making. Under these four headings, the contributors discuss a wide variety of issues, including the practice of apolitical opportunisma by such statesmen as Hamilton and Madison; the historical development of legal restraints on democracy in America ranging from judicial review (during the colonial period) to the filibuster; the operation of classical Athenian democracy, the defects of which may have been exaggerated by the American Founders; the significance of the reflections of Tammany Hall boss George Washington Plunkitt for the development of the American party system; the relation of deliberative-democracy theory to the thought of Rousseau; and the means by which cooperative land-use agreements have been arrived at in California, eliciting the voluntary consent of the affected parties instead of relying on judicial or bureaucratic dictates. The book is well-suited for use in courses on American political thought, democratic theory, American political development, and related subjects.Introduction. David. Lewis. Schaefer. This book consists of eight essays by political scientists (all but one of them ... Although the themes of the essays sometimes range well beyond contemporary concerns, the editor and authors hope that allanbsp;...
|Author||:||David Lewis Schaefer|
|Publisher||:||Lexington Books - 2012-02-20|