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The Priority of Democracy: Political Consequences of Pragmatism

Jack Knight and James Johnson


Pragmatism and its consequences are central issues in American politics today, yet scholars rarely examine in detail the relationship between pragmatism and politics. This book systematically explores the subject and makes a strong case for adopting a pragmatist approach to democratic politics—and for giving priority to democracy in the process of selecting and reforming political institutions. What is the primary value of democracy? When should we make decisions democratically and when should we rely on markets? And when should we accept the decisions of unelected officials, such as judges or ... More

Keywords: pragmatism, American politics, democratic politics, democracy, U.S. Congress, institutional choice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780691151236
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691151236.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jack Knight, author
University of Rochester

James Johnson, author
Duke University