The Constitution of Status

@article{Balkin1997TheCO,
  title={The Constitution of Status},
  author={Jack M. Balkin},
  journal={Yale Law Journal},
  year={1997},
  volume={106},
  pages={2313}
}
  • J. Balkin
  • Published 1 June 1997
  • Sociology, Political Science
  • Yale Law Journal
Democracies are societies. Behind the formal features of democratic selfgovernance-whether regular elections or majority rule-lie social organization and social structure. Like other societies, democracies have varying degrees of social stratification and social hierarchy, group competition and group subordination. But democracies are special in this respect: Their political ideals seem partly in tension with their social structures. Democracy is more than a commitment to a set of procedures… 

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