Afterword: Whether Agreed to or not

Russell Hardin

in Liberalism, Constitutionalism, and Democracy

Published in print November 1999 | ISBN: 9780198290841
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599415 | DOI:
 Afterword: Whether Agreed to or not

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Sociologically, as explanatory theories, liberalism, constitutionalism, and democracy may yield compelling accounts of the political order of many societies. This follows if they serve the mutual advantage of the politically most important groups in modern societies. But they typically do not serve the mutual advantage of everyone in any particular society. This fact raises the normative question of how we could morally justify a liberal, democratic, constitutional regime and its actions. Workability is a necessary part of the morally right order for society; it is merely not sufficient for moral justification.

Keywords: constitutionalism; democracy; liberalism; moral justification; mutual advantage; workability

Chapter.  4228 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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