Barry Hindess and the critique of democracy

He, Baogang 2011, Barry Hindess and the critique of democracy, Alternatives : global, local, political, vol. 36, no. 1, pp. 17-24, doi: 10.1177/0304375411401834.

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Title Barry Hindess and the critique of democracy
Author(s) He, BaogangORCID iD for He, Baogang
Journal name Alternatives : global, local, political
Volume number 36
Issue number 1
Start page 17
End page 24
Total pages 8
Publisher Sage Publications, Inc.
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2011-02
ISSN 0304-3754
Keyword(s) democratic theory
liberal democracy
conceptual critique
methodological procedures
selfgoverning community
Summary In the wake of the collapse of the Communist regime in the Soviet Union, liberal democracy was triumphantly celebrated as the ‘‘end of history.’’ Against this backdrop, Hindess wrote a number of critical essays launching his intellectual critique of liberal democracy. His approach was primarily conceptual, highlighting the problems and weaknesses of the conceptualization of democracy and democratization. This article reviews and offers a brief assessment of the key arguments made in Hindess’ writings on democracy and democratization. In particular, it attempts to summarize the methodological steps through which Hindess engages conceptual critique. While offering an appreciation of Hindess’analysis, insight, and intellectual integrity, it also addresses some difficulties in his arguments.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0304375411401834
Field of Research 160609 Political Theory and Political Philosophy
Socio Economic Objective 940299 Government and Politics not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2011
Copyright notice ©2011, Sage
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