The Structure of Pluralism

Hardcover | March 7, 2014

byVictor M. Muniz-Fraticelli

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Pluralism proceeds from the observation that many associations in liberal democracies claim to possess, and attempt to exercise, a measure of legitimate authority over their members. They assert that this authority does not derive from the magnanimity of a liberal and tolerant state but isgrounded, rather, on the common practices and aspirations of those individuals who choose to take part in a common endeavor.As an account of the authority of associations, pluralism is distinct from other attempts to accommodate groups like multiculturalism, subsidiarity, corporatism, and associational democracy. It is consistent with the explanation of legal authority proposed by contemporary legal positivists, andrecommends that the formal normative systems of highly organized groups be accorded the status of fully legal norms when they encounter the laws of the state.In this book, Muniz-Fraticelli argues that political pluralism is a convincing political tradition that makes distinctive and radical claims regarding the sources of political authority and the relationship between associations and the state. Drawing on the intellectual tradition of the Britishpolitical pluralists, as well as recent developments in legal philosophy and social ontology, the book argues that political pluralism makes distinctive and radical claims regarding the sources of political authority and the relationship between associations and the state.

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Pluralism proceeds from the observation that many associations in liberal democracies claim to possess, and attempt to exercise, a measure of legitimate authority over their members. They assert that this authority does not derive from the magnanimity of a liberal and tolerant state but isgrounded, rather, on the common practices and a...

Victor M. Muniz-Fraticelli is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Faculty of Law at McGill University. He holds a degree in law from the University of Puerto Rico and a PhD in political science from the University of Chicago. He works on political and legal pluralism, church and state relations, the philo...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:March 7, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199673888

ISBN - 13:9780199673889

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Table of Contents

PrefacePart One: The distinctiveness of pluralism1. The Structure of Pluralist Arguments2. The Inadequacy of Multiculturalism3. The Incompatibility of Subsidiarity4. Associative Democracy and the Corporatist TemptationPart Two: The Constitutional Theory of Pluralism5. Positive Pluralism6. The Problem of Pluralist Autonomy7. Law as Intelligibility8. Pluralist AuthorityPart Three: The Personality of Associations9. This Unity of Life and Action10. The Personality of Associations11. Property, Personality, and Public JustificationConclusion12. The Specter of Intractability