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1. Introduction: between justice and democracy Keith Dowding, Robert E. Goodin and Carole Pateman; 2. Are democratic and just institutions the same? Keith Dowding; 3. Democracy is not intrinsically just Richard Arneson; 4. 'The probability of a fit choice': US political history and voting theory Norman Schofield; 5. Contractarian theory, deliberative democracy and general agreement Albert Weale; 6. Democracy, justice and impartiality Robert E. Goodin; 7 Mimicking impartiality Jon Elster; 8. Justice, democracy and public goods David Miller; 9. The common good Philip Pettit; 10. Individual choice and social exclusion Julian LeGrand; 11. Sub-national groups and globalization Russell Hardin.

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In this volume, leading authors consider the relationship between democracy and justice.

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Keith Dowding is Professor of Political Science at the London School of Economics. His books include Rational Choice and Political Power (1991), The Civil Service (1995) and Power (1996). Robert E. Goodin is Joint Professor of Social and Political Theory and of Philosophy at the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University. He is the author of many books on political theory, public policy and applied ethics and include, most recently, The Real Worlds of Welfare Capitalism, with B. Headey, R. Muffels and H.J. Dirven (1999) and Reflective Democracy (2003). Carole Pateman is Professor of Political Science at UCLA and Honorary Professor in the School of European Studies at Cardiff University. Her publications include Participation and Democratic Theory (1970), The Problem of Political Obligation (1985 2nd ed), and The Sexual Contract (1988).


'... provides a grounded basis for the opening debate about the difficulty of promoting democracy ... What this collection of essays does, and does well, is to ask the serious questions about how democracy and democratic institutions effect and promote concepts of justice. ... the questions raised in the essays are important because they require the reader to address in a careful and considerate way what we should expect of democracy, and how, once we agree on those expectations, we should strive to achieve them.' H-Democracy
"I can only emphasize that anyone interested in the question of whether democracy is of purely instrumental value will benefit from reading all four chapters." Perspectives of Politics, Peter Stone, Stanford University

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