POS 210 Final Notes

POS 210 Final Notes - Populist Democracy: -Democracy in the...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Populist Democracy: -Democracy in the WEST -Everyone agrees that democracy means the rule of the people but it is essentially a contested concept (democracy) -What does “people” consist of? -Mao says the proletariat or workers and peasants -Populist Democracy: rule of the people, all adult members of the political association except transients and persons proved to be mentally defective -The idea of a people ruling themselves as free and equal beings, rather than an external leader (one person=one vote) -Recognizing the value of popular will requires that some restraints be placed on the popular will itself -In order for democracy to function as an ongoing political association (constructed to continue into the future) -Necessary constraints on majority rule form the body of political rights that must exist in a democracy to ensure genuine rule of the people and ongoing democratic polity (extending into the future indefinitely) -Checks on majority rule are implied by the existence of democracy itself
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 05/04/2010 for the course POS 210 taught by Professor Simonhy during the Fall '07 term at ASU.

Page1 / 2

POS 210 Final Notes - Populist Democracy: -Democracy in the...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 2. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online