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A Theory of Militant Democracy: The Ethics of Combatting Political Extremism

Alexander S. Kirshner


How should pro-democratic forces safeguard representative government from anti-democratic forces? By granting rights of participation to groups that do not share democratic values, democracies may endanger the very rights they have granted; but denying these rights may also undermine democratic values. This book offers a set of principles for determining when one may reasonably refuse rights of participation, and it defends this theory through real-world examples, ranging from the far-right British Nationalist Party to Turkey's Islamist Welfare Party to America's Democratic Party during Recons ... More

Keywords: representative government, anti-democratic forces, rights of participation, democratic values, far right

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780300188240
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300188240.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexander S. Kirshner, author