Pluralist Democracy, Groups, and Process: USA (II)


in Public Law and Democracy in the United Kingdom and the United States of America

Published in print January 1991 | ISBN: 9780198256373
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681646 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Law Series

Pluralist Democracy, Groups, and Process: USA (II)

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This chapter considers the significant differences of opinion which exist within pluralism. The choice between these competing visions reflects important value judgements, and the preferred option has significant repercussions for the shape and content of constitutional review. Three visions are considered: the public-choice model, modified pluralism, and the process model. It also examines John Hart Ely’s theory of judicial review because of its connection with the pluralist model of democratic society.

Keywords: public-choice model; modified pluralism; process model; John Hart Ely; interest representation; USA

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Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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