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What Is Democracy (and What Is Its Raison D'Etre)?

Goldman, Alvin


This article aims to say what democracy is or what the predicate ‘democratic’ means, as opposed to saying what is good, right, or desirable about it. The basic idea—by no means a novel one—is that a democratic system is one that features substantial equality of political power. More distinctively it is argued that ‘democratic’ is a relative gradable adjective, the use of which permits different, contextually determined thresholds of democraticness. Thus, a system can be...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of American Philosophical Association
DOI: 10.1017/apa.2014.30


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