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The Shadow of Unfairness: A Plebeian Theory of Liberal Democracy

Jeffrey Green


In this sequel to his prize-winning book, The Eyes of the People, Jeffrey Edward Green draws on philosophy, history, social science, and literature to ask what democracy can mean in a world where it is understood that socioeconomic status to some degree will always determine opportunities for civic engagement and career advancement. Under this shadow of unfairness, Green argues that the most advantaged class are rightly subjected to compulsory public burdens, but he also attends to the uncomfortable aspects of ordinary, “second-class” citizenship as well: above all, the “reasonable envy,” “pri ... More

Keywords: plebeianism, democracy, unfairness, citizenship, ancient Rome, solace, vulgarity, envy, second-class citizenship, plutocracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190215903
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190215903.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey Green, author
Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania