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In Our NameThe Ethics of Democracy$
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Eric Beerbohm

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691154619

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691154619.001.0001

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Not in My Name

Not in My Name

Macrodemocratic Design

(p.252) Chapter 10 Not in My Name
In Our Name

Eric Beerbohm

Princeton University Press

This chapter deals with macrodemocratic theory. It develops mechanisms of democracy designed to protect citizens against complicitous relations with the state. It first considers plebiscitary mechanisms for participation such as voting for initiatives and representatives, signing petitions, citizen juries, and participating in deliberative forums. It then discusses executive and judicial mechanisms, along with reforms that empower citizens to satisfy their obligations to reform injustice in their state. It also examines debates over popular constitutionalism and judicial review and concludes by proposing two kinds of mechanisms for complicity avoidance. The first helps ordinary citizens limit their moral exposure—to distance themselves from state actions. The second provides citizens with opportunities to offset injustices that are performed in their name.

Keywords:   macrodemocratic theory, democracy, citizens, plebiscitary mechanisms, participation, judicial mechanisms, injustice, popular constitutionalism, judicial review, complicity

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