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Democracy, Agency, and the State: Theory with Comparative Intent

Guillermo O'Donnell


This book aims to contribute to a comparatively informed theory of democracy. The book begins by arguing that conceptions of ‘the state’ and ‘democracy’, and their respective defining features, significantly influence each other. Using an approach that is both historical and analytical, it traces this relationship through the idea of legally sanctioned and backed agency which grounds democratic citizenship. From this standpoint the book explores several aspects of the democratic regime and of the state, distinguishing four constitutive dimensions (bureaucracy, legality, focus of collective ide ... More

Keywords: varieties of democracy, democratic regime, the state, nation, people, globalization, Latin America, citizenship, civil rights, political rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199587612
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587612.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Guillermo O'Donnell, author
Helen Kellogg Professor of Government, Emeritus, University of Notre Dame and Honorary Professor of Political Science, Universidad Nacional del San Martín, Argentina
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