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Author Pettit, Philip, 1945-

Title On the people's terms : a republican theory and model of democracy / Philip Pettit
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012
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Description 1 online resource
Series The Seeley lectures
John Robert Seeley lectures
Contents Cover; Contents; Tables; Acknowledgements; Introduction. The republic, old and new; The project; Three core ideas; The liberal opposition; The communitarian opposition; Building philosophically on republican history; Reflective equilibrium; The emerging view of democracy; Justice and democracy; Chapter 1 Freedom as non-domination; 1. What has to be hindered to reduce freedom of choice?; Hobbes's position; Berlin's critique; Freedom, robustness and probability; 2. Vitiating and invasive hindrances; The resources required for free choice; Two kinds of hindrance
The relevance of vitiating hindrancesThe significance of invasive hindrances; The measurement of freedom; Revealed will and real will; 3. No invasion without domination; The nature of interference; Interference is not sufficient for subjection; 4. No domination without invasion; Invigilation and intimidation; Three theories of freedom; Freedom, robustness and probability, again; 5. How can we ensure your freedom of choice?; Resourcing and protecting; The requirements of protection; Actions and omissions; Chapter 2 Social justice; 1. Social justice and equality; The connection
The freedom goal of republican justiceThe equality strategy of republican justice; 2. The basic liberties; Two criteria; Co-exercisable choices; Co-satisfying choices; Towards a meaningful life; Variations in basic liberties; 3. Sketch for a model of justice; Beyond Rawls; Infrastructural programmes; Insurance programmes; Insulation programmes: special protection; Insulation programmes: general protection; Q. 1. What is criminalization?; Q. 2. Why should the state criminalize any acts?; Q. 3. What acts should the state criminalize?; Q. 4. How should the state practise criminalization?
4. The character of republican justiceThe principle of republican justice; The demands of republican justice; The role of law and norm in republican justice; Chapter 3 Political legitimacy; 1. The legitimacy question; The source of the problem; What turns on legitimacy?; Legitimacy in its heyday; The eclipse of the legitimacy issue; Legitimacy in other senses; 2. Legitimacy as popular control; A question of freedom; Legitimacy under freedom as non-interference; Legitimacy under freedom as non-domination; 3. The nature of control; The idea of control; The varieties of influence
Control and consent4. The requirements on popular control; Requirements on the domain of popular control; Requirements on the nature of popular control; An individualized system of popular control; An unconditioned system of popular control; An efficacious system of popular control; 5. The democratic state; A theory of democracy; The appeal of the democratic state; Back to Rawls; Chapter 4 Democratic influence; 1. The plenary assembly; The origin of the idea; The discursive dilemma; 2. The responsively representative assembly; The indicative assembly; The responsive assembly
Summary "According to republican political theory, choosing freely requires being able to make the choice without subjection to another and freedom as a person requires being publicly protected against subjection in the exercise of basic liberties. But there is no public protection without a coercive state. And doesn't state coercion necessarily take from the freedom of the coerced? Philip Pettit addresses this question from a civic republican perspective, arguing that state interference does not involve subjection or domination if there is equally shared, popular control over government"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 311-328) and indexes
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Subject Republicanism
Political science -- Philosophy
State, The
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- History & Theory.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Ideologies -- Democracy.
Political science -- Philosophy.
State, The.
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