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Democratic legitimacy [electronic resource] : plural values and political power / Frederick M. Barnard.

By: Barnard, F. M. (Frederick M.).
Material type: TextTextSeries: McGill-Queen's studies in the history of ideas: 34.Publisher: Montreal ; Ithaca : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2001Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 256 p.).ISBN: 9780773522329 (bound); 0773522328 (bound); 9780773522770 (pbk.); 0773522778 (pbk.); 9780773569485 (electronic bk.); 0773569480 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Democracy | Legitimacy of governments | Responsibility | Political participation | D�emocratie | Participation politique | Demokratie | Legitimit�at | Pluralistische Gesellschaft | POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / DemocracyGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Democratic legitimacy.DDC classification: 321.8 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Themes and perspectives -- Legitimacy and democracy -- Democracy and autonomy -- Autonomy, civility, and democratic norms -- Political principles and plural ends -- Market values and democratic validation -- Rationality and accountability -- Accountability and participation -- Critiques and visions -- Legitimacy and limits -- The overall argument.
Review: "In Democratic Legitimacy Frederick Barnard argues that political accountability is as important to the democratic ethic as political participation - and equally in need of reappraisal and invigoration. Unless its importance is recognized, accountability, like participation, will remain an idea that is easy to praise but difficult to incorporate into political life. Barnard demonstrates that in a democracy accountability is more than damage control and must be part of considerations in the political forum before decisions are made, not just after the fact when trying to assign blame." "Barnard argues that Western democracy, if it is to continue to exist as a legitimate political system, must maintain the integrity of its application of performative principles. Consequently, if both social and political democracy are legitimate goals, limitations designed to curb excessive political power may also be applicable in containing excessive economic power. Barnard stresses that whatever steps are taken to augment civic reciprocity, the observance and self-imposition of publicly recognized standards is vital." "Democratic Legitimacy will appeal to political scientists and philosophers, as well as specialists in democratic theory."--BOOK JACKET.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [215]-252) and index.

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Themes and perspectives -- Legitimacy and democracy -- Democracy and autonomy -- Autonomy, civility, and democratic norms -- Political principles and plural ends -- Market values and democratic validation -- Rationality and accountability -- Accountability and participation -- Critiques and visions -- Legitimacy and limits -- The overall argument.

"In Democratic Legitimacy Frederick Barnard argues that political accountability is as important to the democratic ethic as political participation - and equally in need of reappraisal and invigoration. Unless its importance is recognized, accountability, like participation, will remain an idea that is easy to praise but difficult to incorporate into political life. Barnard demonstrates that in a democracy accountability is more than damage control and must be part of considerations in the political forum before decisions are made, not just after the fact when trying to assign blame." "Barnard argues that Western democracy, if it is to continue to exist as a legitimate political system, must maintain the integrity of its application of performative principles. Consequently, if both social and political democracy are legitimate goals, limitations designed to curb excessive political power may also be applicable in containing excessive economic power. Barnard stresses that whatever steps are taken to augment civic reciprocity, the observance and self-imposition of publicly recognized standards is vital." "Democratic Legitimacy will appeal to political scientists and philosophers, as well as specialists in democratic theory."--BOOK JACKET.

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