Three conceptions of democratic control

Constellations 15 (1):46-55 (2008)
The idea of control or power is central to the notion of democracy, since the ideal is one of giving kratos to the demos: giving maximal or at least significant control over government to the people. But it turns out that the notion of kratos or control is definable in various ways and that as the notion is differently understood, so the ideal of democracy is differently interpreted. In this little reflection, I distinguish between three different notions of popular control, arguing that only one is really suitable in democratic theory. Under the first conception of popular control, it means that the people have a causal influence on government; under the second, it implies that the people exercise intentional direction over government; and under the third, it requires that the people enjoy an intermediate degree of power: I describe this as institutional control over government. I argue that popular control as causal influence is not demanding enough for the ideal of democracy, that popular control as intentional direction is too demanding, and that the only plausible candidate for interpreting the ideal is that of institutional control. I discuss two ways in which this sort of popular control may be realized, arguing against what I call a ‘market’ model and presenting the rival, ‘condominium’ model in a rather more favorable light.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-8675.2008.00473.x
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
Edit this record
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Mark as duplicate
Request removal from index
Revision history
Download options
Our Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 30,133
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
Is Governance Democratic?Haye Hazenberg - 2015 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 18 (3):1-23.
Is Governance Democratic?Haye Hazenberg - 2015 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 18 (3):285-307.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Desert and the Control Asymmetry.David Alm - 2010 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 13 (4):361 - 375.
Voter Ignorance and the Democratic Ideal.Ilya Somin - 1998 - Critical Review 12 (4):413-458.
What is Self-Control?Edmund Henden - 2008 - Philosophical Psychology 21 (1):69 – 90.
Courage and Self-Control.Xinyan Jiang - 2007 - The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy 1:59-64.
Taking Control of Belief.Miriam McCormick - 2011 - Philosophical Explorations 14 (2):169-183.
Control Consciousness.Pete Mandik - 2010 - Topics in Cognitive Science 2 (4):643-657.
Added to PP index

Total downloads
58 ( #93,027 of 2,191,818 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
2 ( #144,664 of 2,191,818 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads
My notes
Sign in to use this feature