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[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / D. Ideologies / 5. Democracy / a. Nature of democracy]

Full Idea

Competitive democrats believe that democracy is simply a method for selecting political leaders …Participatory democrats associate the democratic ideal with living in a participatory society …Deliberative democrats identify public reasoning as key.

Gist of Idea

Democracy is a method of selection, or it involves participation, or it concerns public discussion


Andrew Shorten (Contemporary Political Theory [2016], 05)

Book Reference

Shorten,Andrew: 'Contemporary Political Theory' [Palgrave 2016], p.109

A Reaction

Personally I would favour public discussion, but that is the last thing leaders want, especially if they are not very knowledgeable or clever.