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Demands on Democracy

José María Maravall


Why are representative democracies extensively criticized by some, while simultaneously inspiring hopes in many parts of the world? What do demands for ‘more’ democracy mean? Are they related to perceptions that democratic controls over politicians are very weak? Is this related to a view of parties as opaque organizations, a lack of information of citizens about politics, a perception of politicians as remote from citizens and often usurping the voice of the people? Are there sufficient differences between parties to offer a genuine choice for citizens that can justify voting? Why would parti ... More

Keywords: representative democracy, delegation of power, political accountability, electoral competition, differences between parties, political consequences of moderation and polarization, equality of condition, distribution of incomes, political consequences of economic redistribution, European Union

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198778523
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198778523.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

José María Maravall, author
former Director of the Juan March Institute, Madrid

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