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Democratic theory: Democratic theory is a branch of political theory that examines the nature of democracy, its moral foundations, and its challenges. Main questions What is democracy? What are the different types of democracy? What are the benefits and drawbacks of democracy? How can democracy be improved?
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Giovanni Sartori on Democratic Theory - Dictionary of Arguments

Brocker I 505
Democratic Theory/Sartori: Against the background of empirical attitudes research, which has shown that the average American does not meet the normative expectations that the "classical theory of democracy" places on citizens and significant sections of the population even have authoritarian ideas, the conservative democracy theorist Sartori not only supports the then widely divided position that political apathy was desirable and more participation potentially dangerous for political stability, but also the argument that too demanding normative ideals virtually destroy democracy from within. See also Democratic Theory/Schumpeter
, Democratic Theory/Pateman.
PatemanVsSartori: this is a fatal logic of argumentation: citizens do not meet the normative expectations of classical theory, and therefore democratic participation must be reduced to a minimum in order to not endanger democracy.

Gary S. Schaal, “Carole Pateman, Participation and Democratic Theory” in: Manfred Brocker (Hg.) Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt/M. 2018

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
Sartori, Giovanni
Brocker I
Manfred Brocker
Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert Frankfurt/M. 2018

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