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This wide-ranging text identifies and assesses the main conceptions of democracy from participationist to elitist. It proceeds to consider, in detail, a range of key issues in democratic theory in relation to which these conceptions can be distinguished. The second edition has been revised throughout and includes entirely new chapters on deliberative democracy and on self-determination and issues of governance at an international level in particular those associated with notions of cosmopolitan democracy.
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Preface to the Second Edition.- The Theoretical Challenge of Democracy.- Forms of Democratic Government.- The Justification of Democracy.- Deliberation , Consensus and Political Equality.- Participation as Democracy, Participation in Democracy.- From Conceptions of Representation to Systems of Representation.- Aggregation, Unanimity and Majority Rule.- Democracy, Rights and Constitutionalism?.- The Boundaries of Inclusion.- International Relations and Democratic Ideals.- Epilogue: The Democratic Reform of Democracy.

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ALBERT WEALE is Professor of Government, University of Essex, UK.

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