"Which is to be Master?": The indefensibility of political representation
|Title:||"Which is to be Master?": The indefensibility of political representation||Authors:||Casey, Gerard||Permanent link:||http://hdl.handle.net/10197/5315||Date:||Sep-2009||Online since:||2014-01-30T08:45:00Z||Abstract:||Government, the systematic exercise of command by some over others backed by the allegedly legitimate use of violence, requires justification. All government is predicated upon a distinction between rulers and ruled. Who should occupy the position of ruler and who the position of the ruled is a perennial problem. In the contemporary world, representative democracy is the only plausible contender for the role of justified government. The key to the justification and popular acceptance of democracy as a (or the) legitimate form of government is the idea of representation, the idea being that in a representative democracy, the people, in some way, rule themselves and thus bridge the gap between the ruler and ruled. However, if a satisfactory account of representation is not forthcoming, the justificatory status of representative democracy becomes problematic.||Type of material:||Journal Article||Publisher:||Philosophy Documentation Center||Journal:||Philosophical Inquiry||Volume:||31||Issue:||3-4||Start page:||1||End page:||10||Keywords:||Legitimate command; Democracy; Political governance||DOI:||10.5840/philinquiry2009313/41||Language:||en||Status of Item:||Peer reviewed|
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