The Principles of Representative Government

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 28, 1997 - Political Science - 256 pages
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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.

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User Review  - Colm Gillis - Goodreads

An excellent book that is highly enjoyable and one which will become a standard reference in political studies. Brillinatly researched. The book was a bit academic and there was not a whole lot of insight which would justified a 5-star rating. Read full review

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About the author (1997)

Manin is Professor in the Department of Politics, New York University, and Directeur des Recherches at the Centre National des Recherches Scientifiques, Paris.

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