Party Politics and Democratic Disagreement

Philosophia 42 (1):1-13 (2014)

Maura Priest
Arizona State University
Political parties seem inclined to dogmatism. Understanding party politics via a plural-subject account of collective belief explains this phenomenon. It explains inter-party outrage at slight deviations from the party line and dogged refusals to compromise. It also aligns with an alternative theory of political representation. I argue that party dogmatism is unlikely to change and can be a democratic good. I conclude that not parties but patriots counteract the democratic ills of dogmatic party politics
Keywords Collective belief  Democracy  Disagreement  Dogmatism  Political parties  Representation
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DOI 10.1007/s11406-013-9470-1
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