Theories of Democracy: A Critical Introduction

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Routledge, 2002 - Philosophy - 248 pages
'Theories of Democracy' is an introduction to the main theories of democracy. Chapters are devoted to liberal democracy, classic pluralism, participatory democracy, catallaxy, democratic pragmatism, deliberative democracy and radical pluralism. Cunningham assesses how these theories meet long-standing problems thought to beset democracy in practice- that democracy permits majorities to tyrannize minorities; that it is inefficient, unreliable and incoherent way of making collective decisions; that it invites conflict; and that it can be taken advantage of by demagogies or a mask systemic oppression. He also summarizes the views of famous forerunners of current democratic theory- Aristotle, de Tocqueville, Rousseau, Mill, Dewey and Schumpeter. A concluding chapter uses the example of globalization to show how the theories are concretely applied and notes their strengths and weaknesses in coping with globalization.

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F. Gary Cunningham, MD, Professor and Chairman, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Jack A. Pritchard Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Beatrice & Miguel Elias Distinguished Chair in Obstetrics & Gynecology, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas; Chief of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas, Texas

Kenneth J. Leveno, MD, Gillette Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Vice-Chair for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas; Chief of Obstetrics, Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas, Texas

Larry C. Gilstrap, III, MD, Professor and Chairman, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, Emma Sue Hightower Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, The University of Texas-Houston Medical School, Houston, Texas

John C. Hauth, MD, Professor and Interim Chairman, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, J. Marion Sims Endowed Chair in Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama

Katharine D. Wenstrom, MD, Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Co-Director, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama

Steven L. Bloom, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas; Associate Director of Obstetrics, Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas, Texas

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