The Future of Liberal Democracy

Thomas Jefferson and the Contemporary World

  • Robert FattonJr.
  • R. K. Ramazani

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    1. Robert Fatton Jr., R. K. Ramazani
      Pages 1-10
  3. Human Rights, Thomas Jefferson, and the Lockean Moment

  4. Rights and the Crafting of Constitutions

  5. Case Studies and the Implementation of Rights and Democracy

  6. Rights, Democracy, and Power

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 245-245
    2. Stanley Hoffmann
      Pages 247-254
    3. John Owen
      Pages 271-282
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 283-288

About this book


Top scholars and practitioners from a variety of ideological perspectives consider liberal democracy and the Jeffersonian legacy, both in relation to key issues in the practice and theory of rights (human rights, individual rights) and in relation to key themes in political thought such as citizenship and participation that remain at the forefront of our debates about public life today. The first section of this collection provides historical and theoretical perspectives on Jefferson's ideals and thought. The second section explores the key themes of sovereignty, citizenship, participation, and accountability. A concluding section analyzes the relevance and place of Jefferson's legacy and the fate of liberal democracy in today's world. Contributors offer varying perspectives on questions such as: Is what is good for America good for the rest of the world? What are the constraints that exist on the global spread of democracy, liberal or otherwise?


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Editors and affiliations

  • Robert FattonJr.
    • 1
  • R. K. Ramazani
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PoliticsUniversity of VirginiaUSA
  2. 2.University of VirginiaUSA

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