Participatory Democracy Revisited

  title={Participatory Democracy Revisited},
  author={Carole Pateman},
  journal={Perspectives on Politics},
  pages={7 - 19}
  • C. Pateman
  • Published 1 March 2012
  • Political Science
  • Perspectives on Politics
Over the past two decades we have heard an historically unprecedented volume of talk about and praise of democracy, and many governmental, non-governmental, and international organizations have been engaged in democracy promotion. Democracy is a subject that crosses the boundaries in political science, and within my own field of political theory there has been a major revival of democratic theory. In political theory, argument about “democracy” is usually now qualified by one of an array of… 

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