Is Democracy Possible?

 
9781920898427: Is Democracy Possible?

John Burnheim presents bold and original proposals for the working of a new democracy. In particular he provides a radical reinterpretation of the concept and mechanics of representation and a structure that is designed to avoid concentrations of power and power-trading at any level. Among other points, he argues that we must abandon mass voting in favour of statistical representation. For the new edition of this important work Burnheim reflects upon the impact of the book and upon his current thoughts on the primary issues he raised when it was first published in 1985. Despite a generation of dramatic historical change and intense theoretical interest in issues of global democratisation the problems he raised remain unsolved. Is Democracy Possible? Remains a distinctive and provocative discussion of the possibilities for the democratic reorganisation of modern society.

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John Burnheim is Associate Professor of General Philosophy at the University of Sydney, Australia.

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"A thoughtful contribution to the growing body of contemporary democratic theory. . . . This volume explores the basis of genuine democracy while criticizing the procedures, results, and underlying assumptions of existing democracies." -- Choice

"An eccentric and entertaining book . . . which engages as much in argument about democracy's shortcoming as it does about the advantages of demarchy." -- James Simmie, Sociology

"Is Democracy Possible? should . . . be widely read. It is a clear and freshly written statement of an unconventional and provocative thesis which will stimulate the jaded and annoy the complacent." -- Vernon Bogdanor, Times Literary Supplement

"Penetrating, subtle, and original." -- Dickinson McGaw, American Political Science Review

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