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The Will of the People: A Modern Myth

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Democracies today are in the grip of a myth – the myth of the will of the people. Populist movements use the idea to challenge elected representatives. Politicians, content to invoke the will of the people, fail in their duty to make responsible and accountable decisions. And public contest over political choices is stifled for fear that opposing the will of the people will be perceived as elitist.In this book Albert Weale dissects the idea of the will of the people, showing that it relies on a mythical view of participatory democracy. The definition of ‘the people’ is vague and shifting. As soon as a choice between more than two simple alternatives is involved, there is often no clear answer to the question of what a majority favours. Worst of all, because governments have to interpret the results of referendums, the will of the people becomes a means for strengthening executive control – the exact opposite of what appealing to the people’s will seemed to imply.Weale argues that it’s time to dispense with the myth of the will of the people. A flourishing democracy requires an open society in which choices can be challenged, parliaments strengthened and populist leaders called to account.

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Paperback
Edition Number:
1
ISBN:
9781509533275
Pages:
110
Author:
Weale Albert
Publisher:
POLITY PRESS
Release Year:
2018

Albert Weale is Emeritus Professor of Political Theory and Public Policy at University College London and Fellow of the British Academy.

Acknowledgements

Preface

Chapter 1 In the Grip of a Myth

Chapter 2 Nostalgic Myths

Chapter 3 What is a People?

Chapter 4 Majority Willing?

Chapter 5 The Mythical Sovereign

Chapter 6 On Being Outnumbered

Chapter 7 Democracy without Myth

Chapter 8 The Ethics of Responsibility

Notes


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