Democratic Procedures and Liberal Consensus

Paperback | March 3, 2004

byGeorge Klosko

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Liberal theory seeks agreement on political principles in spite of the moral, religious, and philosophical diversity of contemporary societies. Democratic Procedures and Liberal Consensus breaks new ground in developing principles from research on liberal citizen's attitudes towards rights andliberties, distributive justice, and religious beliefs. Because liberal citizens do not generally accept strong individual rights or strongly egalitarian principles of distributive justice, the principles of liberal consensus must be based on almost universal support for democratic politicalsystems and democracy as a value. The details of central liberal principles, including those bearing on democracy itself, must be worked out by appropriate democratic procedures.

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Liberal theory seeks agreement on political principles in spite of the moral, religious, and philosophical diversity of contemporary societies. Democratic Procedures and Liberal Consensus breaks new ground in developing principles from research on liberal citizen's attitudes towards rights andliberties, distributive justice, and religi...

George Klosko is a Professor in the Department of Government and Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:282 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.61 inPublished:March 3, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Liberal Commitments2. Theoretical Foundations3. Democratic Values4. Religion and Democratic Values5. Support for Democratic Procedures6. Distributive Justice7. Rawl's Political Constructivism and Democratic Values8. Procedural JusticeConclusionAppendixBibliographyIndex

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`Provides an excellent example of political theorizing worthy of emulation. Klosko should be applauded for providing a study that is not only engaging and insightful, but also original and a valuable contribution to both the existing literature concerning the character of a viable conceptionof political liberalism and, more generally, the ongoing debate surrounding the nature of an appropriate conception of justice for contemporary pluralistic studies.'European Journal of Political Theory