On the People's Terms

A Republican Theory and Model of Democracy

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  • 1139847848
  • 9781107005112
  • 9781139847841
  • 9781139853750
According to republican theory, we are free persons to the extent that we are protected and secured in the same fundamental choices, on the same public basis, as one another. But there is no public protection or security without a coercive state. Does this mean that any freedom we enjoy is a superficial good that presupposes a deeper, political form of subjection? Philip Pettit addresses this crucial question in On the People's Terms. He argues that state coercion will not involve individual subjection or domination insofar as we enjoy an equally shared form of control over those in power. This claim may seem utopian but it is supported by a realistic model of the institutions that might establish such democratic control. Beginning with a fresh articulation of republican ideas, Pettit develops a highly original account of the rationale of democracy, breathing new life into democratic theory.
  • Cambridge University Press; December 2012
  • ISBN 9781139847841
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  • Title: On the People's Terms
  • Author: Philip Pettit
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 1139847848
  • 9781107005112
  • 9781139847841
  • 9781139853750

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“Republican theory's lighthouse figure Phillip Pettit's much awaited and more recent book on democracy offers a sum of his whole oeuvre in practical philosophy … As the title indicates, Pettit not only develops a theoretical argument, he also sketches practical avenues as to how the theory might and should guide our tuning of western democracies. Philosophers and social scientists alike will be intrigued, challenged, and nourished as they explore the book's pages.' Jean-François Grégoire, Ethical Perspectives

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 1139847848
  • 9781107005112
  • 9781139847841
  • 9781139853750