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Single Idea 21130

[catalogued under 25. Society / D. Political Doctrines / 5. Democracy / a. Nature of democracy]

Full Idea

Some theorist think that democracy is intrinsically valuable, but others believe that it is valuable because it delivers good outcomes.

Gist of Idea

Some say democracy is intrinsically valuable, others that it delivers good outcomes


Andrew Shorten (Contemporary Political Theory [2016], 05)

A Reaction

It is hard to see how the majority having a dictatorship over the minority could be an intrinsic good. If we start with respect as the supreme social virtue, then participation and public discussion might be intrinsic goods.

Book Reference

Shorten,Andrew: 'Contemporary Political Theory' [Palgrave 2016], p.111

Related Idea

Idea 21129 Democracy is a method of selection, or it involves participation, or it concerns public discussion [Shorten]