Democracy: Wellspring of the Good Society

James ƠToole

in The Executive's Compass

Published in print August 1995 | ISBN: 9780195096446
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854875 | DOI:
Democracy: Wellspring of the Good Society

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This chapter discusses the trade-offs necessary between the four ideas discussed in the previous chapters: liberty, equality, efficiency, and community. Of particular importance are the liberty versus equality trade-off and the community versus efficiency trade-off. The chapter discusses the balance of power and the attempt to reconcile these conflicting values. The chapter cites democracy as one process that can reconcile such values in The Good Society. It discusses the three main principles of democratic justice: voice, power, and respect. However, the chapter also explains that democratization remains incomplete due to the people not actively practicing it. The chapter also explores the idea of plebiscitary democracy compared to direct democracy and the effects it may have on the people.

Keywords: liberty; equality; efficiency; community; The Good Society; democratic justice; democratization; plebiscitary democracy; democracy

Chapter.  7891 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Management and Administration

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