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Demopolis: Democracy before Liberalism in Theory and Practice (The Seeley Lectures)

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Manufacturer: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Author(s): Josiah Ober

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Product Description:
Binding: Paperback
EAN: 9781316649831
ISBN: 1316649830
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Label: Cambridge University Press
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Manufacturer: Cambridge University Press
Number Of Pages: 222
Publication Date: 2017-07-14
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Release Date: 2017-07-20
Studio: Cambridge University Press
Editorial Review:
What did democracy mean before liberalism? What are the consequences for our lives today? Combining history with political theory, this book restores the core meaning of democracy as collective and limited self-government by citizens. That, rather than majority tyranny, is what democracy meant in ancient Athens, before liberalism. Participatory self-government is the basis of political practice in 'Demopolis', a hypothetical modern state powerfully imagined by award-winning historian and political scientist Josiah Ober. Demopolis' residents aim to establish a secure, prosperous, and non-tyrannical community, where citizens govern as a collective, both directly and through representatives, and willingly assume the costs of self-government because doing so benefits them, both as a group and individually. Basic democracy, as exemplified in real Athens and imagined Demopolis, can provide a stable foundation for a liberal state. It also offers a possible way forward for religious societies seeking a realistic alternative to autocracy.
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