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Considers reasons for the current political polarization in American politics, offering possible resolutions
Orients the reader to contemporary issues in democratic theory and practice
Deals with the effects of misinformation on social policy formation in democratic societies
Debates the equally timely issue of economic inequality in democracy, considering principles and practical effects of capitalist property rights, taxation, and campaign finance law
This work offers a timely philosophical analysis of fundamental principles of democracy and the meaning of democracy today. It explores the influence of big money and capitalism on democracy, the role of information and the media in democratic elections, and constitutional issues that challenge democracy in the wake of increased threats to privacy since 2001 and in light of the Citizens United decision of the US Supreme Court. It juxtaposes alternate positions from experts in law and philosophy and examines the question of legitimacy, as well as questions about the access to information, the quality of information, the obligations to attain epistemic competence among the electorate, and the power of money. Drawing together different political perspectives, as well as a variety of disciplines, this collection allows readers the opportunity to compare different and opposing moral and political solutions that both defend and transform democratic theory and practice.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Conceptual Poverty as a Cause of Political Polarization - Corporate Political Speech - Democracy & Economic Inequality - Democracy and the Information Problem - Democracy as Social Myth - Democracy in the 21st Century - Democracy, Capitalism, and the Influence of Big Money - Democracy: A Paradox of Rights - Democratic Decisions - Distinctions in Democratic Equality - Epistocracy - Group Identification - Is Justice under Welfare State Captitalism? - Journalists as Purveyors of Partial Truths - Judicial Review and Its Compatibility with Democracy - Mass Democracy in a Postfactual Market Society - Meaning of Democracy - Motivated Reasoning - Pragmatic Democracy - Precarious Democracy in the U.S. - Representative Democracy - Republics, Passions, & Protections - Social Segregation, Complacency, & Democracy - Spread of Democracy as a Manifestation of Progress - Taxation in the American Republic - Two Visions of Democracy