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Democracy: the contemporary theories

Author: M Rejai
Publisher: New York, Atherton Press, 1967.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : [1st ed.]View all editions and formats
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This comprehensive textbook brings together and interprets twentieth-century developments in democratic theory. While it focuses primarily on the postwar period, it places the newer conceptions in context and compares them with such classic theories as those developed by Locke, Rousseau, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Mill. After a discussion of the historical evolution of democratic ideas, the author critically examines  Read more...
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Rejai, M. (Mostafa).
Democracy: the contemporary theories.
New York, Atherton Press, 1967
(OCoLC)591928154
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: M Rejai
OCLC Number: 1175659
Description: x, 320 pages 23 cm
Contents: Part one: Definitions of democracy. A typology of definitions ; Normative definitions ; Empirical definitions ; Normative-empirical definitions ; Ideological definitions --
Part two: Preconditions of democracy. A typology of preconditions ; Physical preconditions ; Religious preconditions ; Socioeconomic preconditions ; Political preconditions ; Psychocultural preconditions.
Responsibility: [by] M. Rejai.

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This comprehensive textbook brings together and interprets twentieth-century developments in democratic theory. While it focuses primarily on the postwar period, it places the newer conceptions in context and compares them with such classic theories as those developed by Locke, Rousseau, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Mill. After a discussion of the historical evolution of democratic ideas, the author critically examines the contemporary theories. He shows that, in an attempt to bring democratic theory into harmony with actual practice, the newer conceptions increasingly modify the utopian and idealistic content of the classical theories. Professor Rejai demonstrates that beyond merely identifying the definitional components of democracy, the contemporary theorists specify a host of prerequisites under which democratic government is seen to emerge and flourish. He identifies five major types of preconditions, discusses and juxtaposes differing views on each type, and assesses the relative plausibility of each view.--Adapted from book jacket.

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