The Principles of Representative Government (Themes in the Social Sciences) (Paperback)
Cambridge University Press, 9780521458917, 256pp.
Publication Date: April 16, 2002
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The thesis of this original and provocative book is that representative government should be understood as a combination of democratic and undemocratic elements. Challenging the conventionally held views on the subject, Professor Manin reminds us that while today representative institutions and democracy appear as virtually indistinguishable, when representative government was first established in Europe and America, it was designed in opposition to democracy proper. The author identifies the essential features of democratic institutions and reviews the history of their application.