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The Priority of DemocracyPolitical Consequences of Pragmatism$
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Jack Knight and James Johnson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691151236

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691151236.001.0001

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Formal Conditions: Institutionalizing Liberal Guarantees

Formal Conditions: Institutionalizing Liberal Guarantees

(p.193) Chapter 7 Formal Conditions: Institutionalizing Liberal Guarantees
The Priority of Democracy

Jack Knight

James Johnson

Princeton University Press

This chapter discusses the free-and-equal-participation condition and develops its implications for the institutionalization of democratic decision making. It defends the following basic claims about the institutionalization of the free-and-equal-participation condition. First, individuals must be guaranteed freedom to participate in all aspects of the democratic decision-making process. This freedom extends from the initial development of one's own ideas, beliefs, and goals through the process of argument and debate to the final collective decision. Second, this guarantee of freedom to participate must be distributed equally among the individual members of the society. Third, the process of applying the normative criteria of free and equal participation to real political institutions will involve difficult and sometimes controversial decisions.

Keywords:   free-and-equal-participation, democratic decision making, collective decision, equal political participation

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