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Liberalism, Constitutionalism, and Democracy

Russell Hardin


The central argument of this book is that liberalism, constitutionalism, and democracy, as well as, specifically, liberal constitutional democracy all work, when they do, because they serve the mutual advantage of the politically effective groups in the society through coordination of those groups on a political and, perhaps, economic order. These arguments are applied both to the early history of constitutional developments in the United States and to contemporary transitions from autocratic regimes to market democracies. A subsidiary claim is that constitutional political institutions and de ... More

Keywords: acquiescence, consent, contractarianism, constitutionalism, coordination, democracy, liberalism, mutual advantage, social order

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198290841
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198290845.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Russell Hardin, author
New York University
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