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Republicanism and Democracy

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  • Provides an extensive overview of democratic thinking in the seventeenth and eighteenth century
  • Presents a far-reaching analysis of republicanism in modern times
  • Discusses whether democracy and republicanism are identical, complementary, or contradicting ideas

Part of the book series: Contributions to Political Science (CPS)

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This book discusses whether democracy and republicanism are identical, complementary, or contradicting ideas. The rediscovery of classic republicanism a few decades ago made it clear how profoundly modern notions of democracy had been shaped by the republican tradition. But defining these two concepts remains difficult, and the views diverge widely. The overarching aim of this book is to discuss the extent to which democracy and republicanism are identical, complementary or mutually contradicting ideals / ideas. Pursuing this open approach to the subject means calling into question a widely used formula according to which modern democracy is composed of liberal principles such as individualism, the rule of law and human rights, on the one hand, and of republican principles such as focusing on the common good and popular sovereignty, on the other. This book will appeal to students, researches, and scholars of political science interested in a better understanding of politicaltheory and political history.


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Editors and Affiliations

  • TU Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany

    Skadi Siiri Krause, Dirk Jörke

About the editors

Dr. Skadi Siiri Krause, Research Associate at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany, is known for her work on the political history of ideas in France. 


Dr. Dirk Jörke, Professor of Political Theory at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany, focuses on contemporary interpretations of the concept of democracy. 

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