Democracy and Dictatorship: The Nature and Limits of State Power

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U of Minnesota Press, 1989 - Democracy - 186 pages
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This book contains four scholarly essays. It's always a pleasure to read Bobbio and his historical analyses of political concepts certainly don't lack academic learning. But the essays are a bit too ... Read full review

Contents

The evaluative use of the great dichotomy
9
The second meaning of the dichotomy
17
The Marxian interpretation
27
The natural law tradition
34
State Power and Government
44
The name and the thing
57
The state and power
69
The foundation of power
81
The forms of government
100
Forms of state
111
The end of the state
125
Democracy and Dictatorship
133
The historical use
145
Representative democracy and direct democracy
152
Ancient dictatorship
158
Bibliography
167

State and law
89

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About the author (1989)

Norberto Bobbio was one of Italy s foremost thinkers. He taught at a number of universities, including Siena, Padua and Turin; his other works include Left and Right and Democracy and Dictatorship: The Nature and Limits of State Power.

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