Originally published in 1989, a guide for students coming for the first time to the study of democracy, who often find it difficult to trace the developement of the idea and to place it in historical context. In this accesible and informative text, Jon Roper introduces the reader to arguments for and against criticisms of the concept of democracy. He does so through examination of the statements and writings of major nineteenth-century politicians and philosophers, in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Part One Introduction 1. Traditions of democratic thought Part Two 2. The founding of the American republic 3. Democracy's critics: why should numbers count for more? 4. Interpretations of the democratic ideal Part Three 5. Preparing for democracy: The British constitution 1789-1832 6. A grudging acceptance of the people's right to vote 7. Democracy's critics: outsiders looking in Part Four 8. Democracy, values and ideology