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The Executive's CompassBusiness and the Good Society$
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James O'Toole

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780195096446

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195096446.001.0001

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Democracy: Wellspring of the Good Society

Democracy: Wellspring of the Good Society

(p.99) Chapter 4 Democracy: Wellspring of the Good Society
The Executive's Compass

James ƠToole

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the trade-offs necessary between the four ideas discussed in the previous chapters: liberty, equality, efficiency, and community. Of particular importance are the liberty versus equality trade-off and the community versus efficiency trade-off. The chapter discusses the balance of power and the attempt to reconcile these conflicting values. The chapter cites democracy as one process that can reconcile such values in The Good Society. It discusses the three main principles of democratic justice: voice, power, and respect. However, the chapter also explains that democratization remains incomplete due to the people not actively practicing it. The chapter also explores the idea of plebiscitary democracy compared to direct democracy and the effects it may have on the people.

Keywords:   liberty, equality, efficiency, community, The Good Society, democratic justice, democratization, plebiscitary democracy, democracy

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