Direct Action and Liberal Democracy

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Routledge, Apr 15, 2013 - Political Science - 188 pages

This study focuses primarily on the nature of "direct action" in relation to contemporary movements, and considers the role of direct action methods in past campaigns for constitutional and social rights. Boycotts, sit-ins, obstructions, civil disobedience and other unconstitutional forms of protest are examined to see whether they necessarily lead to violence. The political conditions which encourage violence and the effects of various type of violent action are also discussed. The theoretical issues raised by direct action in a parliamentary system are also discussed.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The meaning of direct action
3
2 Direct action in the constitutional tradition
28
3 The politics of direct action campaigns
48
4 Violence and power
78
5 Civil disobedience and constitutionalism
94
6 Direct action and liberal values
118
7 Direct action and democracy
139
Conclusion
159
Bibliography
160
Index
163
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