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Ideas of Richard Posner, by Text

[American, fl. 2003, Judge, and lecturer at Chicago Law School.]

2003 Law, Pragmatism and Democracy
p.144 p.111 Democracy is competition for support of the people, guided by self-interest on all sides
     Full Idea: Democratic politics is a competition among self-interested politicians, constituting a ruling class, for the support of the people, also assumed to be self-interested, and none too interested or well informed about politics.
     From: Richard Posner (Law, Pragmatism and Democracy [2003], p.144), quoted by Andrew Shorten - Contemporary Political Theory 05
     A reaction: This articulates the 'competitive' view of democracy, as simply a technique for establishing legitimacy. Posner is also an economist, and they also assume that everyone is wholly self-interested, which may be why they are so frequently wrong.