sec111507 - What is the distinction between mass-democracy...

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What is the distinction between mass-democracy and direct democracy? (224) Mass democracy involves the election of representatives by a relatively passive, leveled social group. Direct democracy is direct self-management. The latter is only possible in small, homogenous units. Mass-democracy accompanies bureaucracy. The demos is an “inarticulate mass”, incapable of self-government (225). The demos are subject to the manipulation of “public opinion” and are ruled over by the state’s bureaucracy (225). What is the relationship between mass-democracy, social leveling, and bureaucracy? (224) Mass democracy demands “equality before the law and rejects business conducted on a case-by-case basis. As does bureaucracy! Bureaucracy demands social leveling to facilitate execution of abstract rules. Mass democracy sweeps away the status distinctions of feudalism, and thus is also socially leveling (224-5). Thus the three go hand-in-hand. Where do parties fit in to this picture? Under conditions of mass-democracy, elected officials from the party replace rule by local
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This note was uploaded on 04/01/2008 for the course SOC 101A taught by Professor Dylan during the Fall '07 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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