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The Constitutional Conception of Democracy

Jeremy Waldron

in Law and Disagreement

Published in print March 1999 | ISBN: 9780198262138
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682308 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198262138.003.0013
The Constitutional Conception of Democracy

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This chapter examines the constitutional conception of democracy in relation to the belief that democracy is not incompatible with individual rights. This chapter emphasizes rights which fall into two main categories: rights that are actually constitutive of the democratic process, and rights which, even if they are not formally constitutive of democracy, nevertheless embody conditions necessary for its legitimacy.

Keywords: democracy; individual rights; democratic process; legitimacy; rights

Chapter.  14704 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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