Support Philosophy Bites

  • Donate in GB Pounds
  • Donate in Euros
  • Donate in US Dollars
  • Subscribe
    Payment Options

Your email address:


Powered by FeedBlitz

« A.C. Grayling on Bombing Civilians in Wartime | Main | Wendy Brown on Tolerance »

November 16, 2008

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d834516cc769e2010535fa6d31970c

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Anne Phillips on Political Representation:

Comments

Evan Ravitz

Participatory democracy is not only practical; it's the check and balance which keeps representative democracy representative. The Swiss have had NATIONAL ballot initiatives since 1891. Their Parliament doesn't act like royalty (think: Congress) because if they don't do what people want, people do it themselves.

Switzerland doesn't start wars, torture, spy on its citizens, screw its citizen with NAFTA et al, bailout the hyper-rich, ad nauseum.

The most evolved project for a hybrid direct/representative democracy is led by former Sen. Mike Gravel. Registered voters can now vote to ratify the National Initiative for Democracy at http://Vote.org, much as citizens ratified the Constitution at the Conventions when the Legislatures wouldn't!

Matthew Avelland

I found the whole "participatory democracy is impractical, so..." completely unconvincing. It's an assertion in place of an argument. First, it hasn't been supported with any evidence, and so we're left to simply take Phillips' word for it. Second, it assumes the argument that "practicality" is a criterion necessary to measure the value of democracy, as if we value democracy for its administrative efficiency rather than the moral and ethical values it reflects.

If we are concerned about representation, as I think we should be, I don't think we should dismiss the problem of participatory democracy.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.

Categories