David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Policy Futures in Education 7 (3):340-348 (2009)
'Democracy thrives because it helps individuals identify with the society of which they are members and because it provides for legitimate decision-making and exercise of power.' With this statement, the Council of Europe raises for us some fundamental questions: what is the practice of democracy, its merits and its limitations? A phenomenological insight into democracy as it displays itself indicates that its essence is decision making by vote. The strength of this mechanism is that it operates without a requirement for rationality on the part of the participants, and its imperative is always to achieve a decision - any decision. Thus, the mechanism enables decisions in situations of incommensurable choice. The history of the engagement of Maori with local government in Aotearoa New Zealand makes apparent the limitations of democracy and challenges democracy itself. Maori have no tradition of democracy and they aspire to the exercise of their traditional decision-making practices. As a minority in a democratic country, Maori find themselves always at the mercy of the vote. Democracy is a tool of colonisation. The situation of Maori provides lessons for those who would applaud the Council of Europe and their belief in coexistence by way of democratic decision making.
|Keywords||Democracy Phenonmenology Government Voting|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Robert Keith Shaw (2009). The Phenomenology of Democracy. Policy Futures in Education 7 (3):340-348.
Peter Koslowski (ed.) (1987). Individual Liberty and Democratic Decision-Making: The Ethics, Economics, and Politics of Democracy. J.C.B. Mohr.
Christian List & John Dryzek (2003). Social Choice Theory and Deliberative Democracy: A Reconciliation. British Journal of Political Science 33 (1):1-28.
Ben Saunders (2010). Democracy, Political Equality, and Majority Rule. Ethics 121 (1):148-177.
William Nelson (2008). The Epistemic Value of the Democratic Process. Episteme 5 (1):pp. 19-32.
Thom Brooks (2006). Plato, Hegel, and Democracy. Bulletin of the Hegel Society of Great Britain 53:24-50.
Jón Ólafsson (2010). Pragmatism and Social Hope: Deepening Democracy in Global Contexts (Review). Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 46 (4):641-645.
Evelyn Keyes (2003). Representative Democracy and the Public Trust. Philosophy in the Contemporary World 10 (1):29-35.
Christian List & Robert E. Goodin (2001). Epistemic Democracy: Generalizing the Condorcet Jury Theorem. Journal of Political Philosophy 9 (3):277–306.
Added to index2011-08-05
Total downloads11 ( #132,630 of 1,096,734 )
Recent downloads (6 months)5 ( #53,739 of 1,096,734 )
How can I increase my downloads?