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Political Intolerance in the Context of Democratic Theory

James L. Gibson

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Behavior

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780199270125
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199270125.003.0017

Series: OXFORD HANDBOOKS POL SCIENCE SERI OHPS C

Political Intolerance in the Context of Democratic Theory

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This article first provides an overview of democratic theory in order to provide a better understanding of the meaning of political intolerance. The concept of tolerance is clearly explained to avoid any confusion with other terms such as permissiveness. The article identifies the role of tolerance in democratic theory and attempts to determine why some citizens are more tolerant than others. It also pinpoints the consequences of mass political intolerance.

Keywords: democratic theory; political intolerance; role of tolerance; consequences; mass political intolerance

Article.  9108 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Comparative Politics ; Political Theory

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