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. Republicanism, Civic Virtue, and Participatory Democracy

P. P. CRAIG

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198256373.003.0010

Series: Clarendon Law Series

. Republicanism, Civic Virtue, and Participatory Democracy

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This chapter discusses republicanism, civic virtue, and participatory democracy. First, it provides a historical enquiry regarding the meaning and direction which has characterized such theories. The discussion includes an analysis of the strains which beset republicanism because of the changing social and economic conditions from an emergent capitalist society. Second, the discussion addresses the role of republicanism in the debates concerning US independence and the drafting of the Constitution. Third, it examines the usage of republicanism by modern public lawyers who have sought to modify classical republican theory and to apply it to constitutional and administrative law. It considers the doctrinal implications of this modified republicanism. The last part of this chapter critically examines the modern republican revival.

Keywords: republicanism; Constitution; republican revival; public law; US independence; civic virtue; participatory democracy

Chapter.  18867 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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