Tocqueville and Guizot on democracy: from a type of society to a political regime

  title={Tocqueville and Guizot on democracy: from a type of society to a political regime},
  author={Melvin Richter},
  journal={History of European Ideas},
  pages={61 - 82}
  • M. Richter
  • Published 1 March 2004
  • Sociology
  • History of European Ideas
Did Tocqueville treat democracy as a type of society, as a political regime, or in terms of their interactions? This paper argues against the assumption that Tocqueville's concept of this relationship remained constant over his three decades as a theorist. Beginning with his literal acceptance of Guizot's doctrinaire definition of democracy as an état social, Tocqueville then developed an eclectic political sociology. Without rejecting the significance of social organization for politics, he… Expand
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