PDF | On Jun 1, , Bernard Manin and others published The Principles of Representative Government. The thesis of this original and provocative book is that representative government should be understood as a combination of democratic and undemocratic. Challenging the conventionally held views on the subject, Professor Manin appear as virtually indistinguishable, when representative government was first.
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The Principles of Representative Government
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Bernard Manin’s challenging book defines the key features of modern democratic institutions. For us representative government has come to seem inseparable from democracy. But its modern history begins, as Professor Manin shows, as mnain consciously chosen alternative to popular self-rule. In the debates which led up to the new constitution of the United States, for the first t Pricniples Manin’s challenging book defines the key features of modern democratic institutions.
In the debates which led up to the new constitution of the United States, for the first time, a new form of republic was imagined and elaborated, in deliberate governmentt to the experiences princoples ancient republics from Athens to Renaissance Italy. The balance between aristocratic and democratic components within this novel state form was not, as has been widely supposed, a consequence of a deliberate mystification of its real workings; it was a rationally planned aspect of its basic structure.
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Be the first to ask a question about The Principles of Representative Government. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Oct 26, Bakunin rated it it was amazing. As a young college student studying economics I was looking to broaden my horizon and found this forgotten gem on a reading list for a political bernzrd course.
The reading proved to change my mind on a number of things. I have long believed in the need to look outside the normal canon and find works which question ones normal assumptions about the world.
This book describes the early democracy in Athens and the modern resurgence of democracy.
What intrigued me was Manins description of earlier As a young college student studying economics I was looking to broaden my horizon and found this forgotten gem on a reading list for a political science course. What intrigued me was Manins description of earlier types of democracy and how electives were chosen not through voting but by lottery.
Any citizen could choose to be part of the lottery. This method, while it seems like a rather odd way of choosing who should manage the state, has certain advantages to it. For one it gets rid of the risk of demagogues tricking the public into electing them into office.
The republic of venice used this method for years which makes me beg the question: Will it be as successful? Among other benefits is that forces citizen to become more active in politics and not assume that electives will solve all of society’s problems.
James Madison and Emanuel Joseph Sieyes oof responsible for creating the modern version of democracy ; Madison not only believed that representative democracy was different from direct democracy but superior. In smaller societies like the one in Athens citizens could assemble in a square and debate whereas modern societies are too complex.
I heard a variation on this argument while living in China – “we are too many people, democracy wouldn’t work! This book made me rethink certain ideas and I now believe that we should decide issues locally when possible. The further elected officials come from the people who representativf them, the larger the possibilities are of corruption. Just look at Frank Underwood and you’ll see what I mean. I recommend this book for anyone interested in political science or economics.
Apr 05, Anna J rated it it was amazing. Jul 24, Nur rated it really liked it Shelves: As part of my class reading I had to read few chapters from this book. I could not finish reading the entire book, but read nearly two principlees of it. For the first time, after reading this book, I fhe to question critically about the kind of democracy we practice today. Democracy is without a question the only well-accepted or well-regarded method of political practice around the world.
Whether we want it or not, it is tough to survive as a state without being democratic, to what extent that rem As part of my class reading I had to read few chapters from this book. Whether we want it or not, it is tough to survive as a state without being democratic, to what extent that remains an entirely separate issue. Democracy and representative model of government is almost synonymous in present day.
But the question remains, does this model actually allows the practice of true democracy? There are certain utilitarian sides of this model, but are we absolutely sure of not overlooking the loopholes as well?
How beneficial is the specialization of politics as a profession for the society now and how can it be improved? How the aristocratic elements are still representahive in democracy?
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Is the dismissal of elitism and “aristocratic dimension” from democracy and representative government possible at all? Such questions have surfaced on my mind after reading this book. In addition to that, being a direct witness to the faulty practice of democracy in a developing country has only reinforced these questions in me. Overall, I am really glad to come across this particular book.
It makes the reader question the political system that we live in. Hopefully we will reach to a better system through asking such important questions and finding constructive answers one day! Un saggio di grande interesse su un argomento completamente dimenticato dagli studi sulla democrazia. Manin presenta gli argomenti in modo molto chiaro e relativamente semplice, sebbene la forma della scrittura non sia particolarmente di mio gradimento.
Feb 18, Soopaseb rated it it was amazing. If you had always have that strange feeling that there was something wrong bernaard the way our western political systems were operating, here is a crystal clear explanation of the history of what real democracy is and should be. Several examples of means used by our ancestors to avoid the different biases and mistakes results of our choices of who will represent our voices and how they can be placed under strict surveillance and control of their fellow citizens.
Aug 08, Colm Gillis rated it really liked it. An excellent book that is highly enjoyable and one which will become a standard reference in political studies. The book was a bit academic and there was not a whole lot of insight which would justified a 5-star rating. Dec 28, Roos rated it liked it Shelves: Oct 20, Pavol Hardos rated it it was amazing Shelves: Juan rated it really liked it Dec 29, Jorge Silva rated it it was amazing May 03, David Grant rated it really liked it Apr 12, Arbitrista rated it really reprssentative it Feb 03, Yoruichi rated it it was amazing Feb 22, El Mozalbete rated it it was amazing Sep 20, Pulp rated it liked it Mar 22, Marije van der Windt rated it really liked it Reptesentative 18, Jassie rated it it was amazing Jan 02, Hibah Kamal-Grayson rated it liked it Nov 27, Rodolfo Govegnment rated it it was amazing May 11, Kostas rated it really liked it Jun 25, Trystero rated it really liked it Jan 06, Martin van der Linde rated it really liked it Jan 13, Barbora Posluch rated it really liked it Sep 01, James Mishra rated it it was amazing Dec 08, Hayati bernrad it really liked it Apr 09, Wissam Dziri rated it really liked it Dec 17, Michal Haman rated it it was amazing Jul 12, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
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