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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?
Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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Carole Pateman on Democratic Theory - Dictionary of Arguments

Brocker I 505
Democratic Theory/Pateman: PatemanVsSchumpeter/PatemanVsSartori: Thesis: The formation of positive attitudes towards democracy is not a question of cognitive competence, but of democratizing a previously undemocratic institutional structure that systematically generates undemocratic attitudes and feelings of individual incompetence: the production of capitalist goods.
>Democratic Theory/Schumpeter
, Democratic Theory/Sartori.
Democracy/Tradition: However, the sphere of goods production must remain undemocratic to ensure productivity and efficiency. There is therefore no alternative to the democratic status quo that would not endanger democracy itself.
Brocker I 506
PatemanVsTradition: 1 VsSchumpeter: the normative evaluation scale is incorrectly constructed: the concept of a "classical democracy theory" is a myth. (1) The sources are more heterogeneous than traditionally claimed.
History of ideas/Pateman: must not be reduced to pure normativity.
Labour/Democratization: 2. PatemanVsSchumpeter: Democratic participation and productivity are not contradictory.
VsPateman: Schumpeter does not reconstruct this in the dynamic aspects of his work. Taking into account Schumpeter's analysis of the importance of leadership, creativity and innovation for capitalism
Brocker I 507
would have improved the persuasiveness of her argument.

1. Carole Pateman, Participation and Democratic Theory, Cambridge 1970, S. 17.

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.

PolPate I
Carole Pateman
Political Culture, Political Structure and Political Change 1971

Brocker I
Manfred Brocker
Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert Frankfurt/M. 2018

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