Part I: Justification:.
1. Strategies for Justification.
2. The Grounds of Political Equality.
Part II: Constituting Responsive Rule:.
3. Responsive Rule, Constitutionalism and Democratic Requirements.
4. Majority Rule and Direct Democracy.
5. Democratic Rights.
6. Democratic Institutions.
Part III: Community and Constraint:.
7. Political Units for Democracy.
8. Constrained Democracy.
"An impressive statement of the case for democracy. The book provides a rare combination of rigorous philosophical argument about principles with a scrupulous assessment of institutional practices in the light of those principles." David Beetham, Professor of Politics, University of Leeds
- The book offers a single, integrated theory of democracy
- Develops a distinctive and original approach to the key issues of the justification of democracy, the appropriate size of political units, and the trade-offs between democracy and other values eg economic efficiency
- Links abstract theoretical arguments with quite specific accounts of democratic rights and institutions.