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Democracy as a Way of Life: Vincent Ostrom's Challenge

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Kim, Joohyung
Conference: Mini-Conference of the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis
Location: Bloomington, IN
Conf. Date: April
Date: 2007
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/8190
Sector: Social Organization
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Subject(s): democracy
Ostrom, Vincent
Abstract: "As a perliminary step to my inquiry into democratic theory, I focus on Vincent Ostrom's work on democracy in this paper. I assume Ostrom's fundamental puzzles are twofold: 'What does it mean to live in a democratic society?' and 'Are democratic societies viable?' The first question directs us to the reflection on the values, ideas, and ideals of democracy, while the second deals with the possible 'threats' to democracy as conceived in the first question. I argue that the way Ostrom formulates these questions and seeks for answers is posing serious challenges to the more common notion of democracy and current scholarship on democracy."

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