Pluralism, Process, and Substance: UK (I)


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

Pluralism, Process, and Substance: UK (I)

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This chapter considers the varying interpretations of pluralist democracy within the United Kingdom. First, it examines the pluralist challenge to Dicey’s unitary conception of democracy. Second, it explores the consequences for both administrative and constitutional law from an imperfect pluralist democracy. The realization was that the state was not unitary in the sense presupposed by Dicey, and that it should be regarded as pluralist. Different conclusions are based on this realization. It is possible to build a socialist orientation on this pluralist base, as exemplified by the work of some early pluralists. A more market-oriented conception of the state is also feasible.

Keywords: early pluralist thought; corporatist challenge; free market; strong state; Dicey

Chapter.  8653 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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