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Majorities and Minorities
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In this thirty-second annual volume in the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy's NOMOS series, entitled Majorities and Minorities, thirteen distinguished contributors consider a diverse selection of topics. Included are essays on legitimacy of the majority, the utilitarian view of majoritarianism, majorities and elections, pluralism and equality, democratic theory, and American democracy and majority rules.

Of Interest to political scientists, philosophers, and legal scholars, this collection brings together a variety of viewpoints. Each author is a leading voice within his or her specialized field.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Part I: Historical Introduction
  2. pp. 9-10
  1. 1. The Demise of the Confessional State and the Rise of the Idea of a Legitimate Minority
  2. pp. 11-23
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  1. 2. Majorities and Minorities: A Classical Utilitarian View
  2. pp. 24-43
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  1. 3. Rights and Majorities: Rousseau Revisited
  2. pp. 44-76
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  1. Part II: Conceptual and Procedural Issues
  2. pp. 77-78
  1. 4. Three Fallacies Concerning Majorities, Minorities, and Democratic Politics
  2. pp. 79-125
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  1. 5. Democratic Theory and the Democratic Agent
  2. pp. 126-150
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  1. 6. Political Equality
  2. pp. 151-183
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  1. 7. Public Choice Versus Democracy
  2. pp. 184-204
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  1. Part III: Cultural Pluralism and Group Rights
  2. pp. 205-206
  1. 8. Pluralism and Equality: The Status of Minority Values in a Democracy
  2. pp. 207-225
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  1. 9. Difference and Domination: Reflections on the Relation Between Pluralism and Equality
  2. pp. 226-250
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  1. 10. Electoral Power, Group Power, and Democracy
  2. pp. 251-264
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  1. Part IV: The American Experience
  2. pp. 265-266
  1. 11. American Democracy and Majority Rule
  2. pp. 267-307
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  1. 12. "Yes, But . . .": Principles and Caveats in American Racial Attitudes
  2. pp. 308-336
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 337-344
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  1. Further Reading
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