Ethical Theory and Moral Practice

, Volume 21, Issue 4, pp 1021–1023 | Cite as

Matteo Bonotti: Partisanship and Political Liberalism in Diverse Societies

Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. Hardcover (ISBN: 9780198739500) £ 55. 208 pp
  • Enrico Biale

Normative theory of democracy underestimated the value of parties and partisanship for many years. Even if parties were considered essential components of a functioning democratic system, normative accounts raised some concerns regarding their legitimacy and desirability because parties convey a desire for winning more than striving for the common good and justify their claims on partial reasons that cannot be accepted by every member of the polity. This antipartisan approach has been recently challenged by many scholars who have claimed that parties and partisanship motivate citizens to properly exercise their political agency, facilitate the development of proposals grounded in reasons addressed to the whole political community, and aim at the common good. Matteo Bonotti Partisanship and Political Liberalism in Diverse Societies is the most recent and brilliant representative of this partisanship revival, which started with the seminal work of Rosenblum (2008) and includes the...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Piemonte OrientaleVercelliItaly

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