The Essence and Value of Democracy

The Essence and Value of Democracy

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Hans Kelsen is widely recognized as one of the most important legal theorists of the 20th century. Surprisingly, however, his political writings are not nearly as widely known as his legal theory, especially in the English-speaking world. This book fills the void between what is and isn't known about Hans Kelsen's political philosophy, and the ways that philosophy has and will continue to shape political debates inherent to democracy in the future. For the first time in English, this classic book - with an introduction by political theorist Nadia Urbinati - provides an overview of Kelsen's career and his contributions to 20th century political thought.

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ISBN-13: 9780742533035
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 08/22/2013
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 116
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Hans Kelsen (1881-1973) was a jurist and legal philosopher. He has been regarded as one of the most important legal scholars of the 20th century.

Nadia Urbinati is a political theorist who specializes in modern and contemporary political thought and the democratic and anti-democratic traditions. She co-chaired the Columbia University Faculty Seminar on Political and Social Thought and founded and chaired the Workshop on Politics, Religion and Human Rights.

Carlo Invernizzi Accetti is political theorist, author, and expert in the study of international democracy, and democratic history.

Table of Contents

Editors' Introduction 1

Preface 25

1 Freedom 27

2 The People 35

3 Parliament 47

4 Reforming Parliamentarism 57

5 Corporative Representation 63

6 The Majority Principle 67

7 Administration 79

8 The Selection of Leaders 87

9 Formal versus Social Democracy 97

10 Democracy and Philosophy 101

Name Index 107

About the Author and Editors 109

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