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A Theory of Militant DemocracyThe Ethics of Combatting Political Extremism$
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Alexander S. Kirshner

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300188240

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300188240.001.0001

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The Self-Limiting Theory of Militant Democracy

The Self-Limiting Theory of Militant Democracy

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(p.26) Two The Self-Limiting Theory of Militant Democracy
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A Theory of Militant Democracy
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Alexander S. Kirshner

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300188240.003.0002

This chapter outlines three principles used to assess the defense of representative government. The first, the participatory principle, is that all individuals, including antidemocrats, possess an equal claim to participation in democratic decision making. This principle is the normative core of the self-limiting theory. The second principle, that of limited intervention, indicates when states might legitimately restrict political participation. The final principle, that of democratic responsibility, treats the course and the structure of a militant project. Together, these principles constitute a self-limiting theory of militant democracy.

Keywords:   representative government, militant democracy, participatory principle, limited intervention, democratic responsibility

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