European Political Science

, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp 583–586 | Cite as

Introduction: Democracy for or against?

  • Matt QvortrupEmail author
  • Jason Brennan


The question of democracy—for or against? Is less a dichotomous choice than a matter of sliding scales. All agree that the people ought to have some involvement and virtually nobody believes that all must govern all the time. This Introduction presents a tour d’horizon of the historical debate and presents a brief summary of the different arguments in this Symposium.


Democratic theory Representative government Democracy 


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© European Consortium for Political Research 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Trust, Peace and Social RelationsCoventry UniversityCoventryUK
  2. 2.Georgetown UniversityWashingtonUSA

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