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- DescriptionIs there a public good? A prevalent view in political science is that democracy is unavoidably chaotic, arbitrary, meaningless, and impossible. Such scepticism began with Condorcet in the eighteenth century, and continued most tably with Arrow and Riker in the twentieth century. In this powerful book, Gerry Mackie confronts and subdues these long-standing doubts about democratic governance. Problems of cycling, agenda control, strategic voting, and dimensional manipulation are t sufficiently harmful, frequent, or irremediable, he argues, to be of rmative concern. Mackie also examines every serious empirical illustration of cycling and instability, including Riker's famous argument that the US Civil War was due to arbitrary dimensional manipulation. Almost every empirical claim is erroneous, and ne is rmatively troubling, Mackie says. This spirited defence of democratic institutions should prove both provocative and influential.
- Author BiographyGerry Mackie is a Research Fellow at the Research School of Social Sciences, Institute of Advanced Studies, Australian National University.
- PrizesWinner of American Political Science Association: Gladys M. Kammerer Award 2004.
- Author(s)Gerry Mackie
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication27/11/2003
- SubjectPolitical Science & Theory
- Series TitleContemporary Political Theory S.
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note5 b/w illus. 59 tables
- Weight797 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine32 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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