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Constitutional Democracy
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Constitutional Democracy addresses the widely held belief that liberal democracy embodies an uneasy compromise of incompatible values: those of liberal rights on the one hand, and democratic equality on the other. Liberalism is said to compromise democracy, while democracy is said to endanger the values of liberalism. It is these theses that János Kis examines and tries to refute. Making the assumption that the alleged conflict is to be resolved at the level of institutions, he outlines a new theory of constitutional democracy. A wide range of problems encountered in constitutional democracy are discussed, such as the popular vote, popular sovereignty, and non-elected justices. The volume is composed of three parts. Part One, "Public Good and Civic Virtue", revisits the debate between liberals and democrats on how to interpret the democratic vote. In Part Two, "Liberal Democracy", the author proves that on the level of principles there is no incompatibility between liberalism and democracy and that liberal theory can demonstrate that democratic values follow from fundamental liberal values. In Part Three, "Constitutional Adjudication in a Democracy", the compatibility of democracy and judicial or constitutional review is analyzed and a theory of constitutionalism is outlined.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. vi-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. ix-xvi
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  1. The Common Good and Civic Virtue
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1. Liberalism and republicanism
  2. pp. 3-8
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  1. 2. The preference-aggregating model
  2. pp. 9-10
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  1. 3. The ethical model: the responsible voter
  2. pp. 11-16
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  1. 4. The ethical model: the relation between private and communal preferences
  2. pp. 17-20
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  1. 5. The ethical model: public debate and voting
  2. pp. 21-24
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  1. 6. On the relation of the two models
  2. pp. 25-28
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  1. 7. Liberalism and the descriptive claims of the ethical model
  2. pp. 29-34
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  1. 8. Virtue in politics
  2. pp. 35-38
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  1. 9. The politics of virtue and personal autonomy
  2. pp. 39-42
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  1. 10. Concluding remarks
  2. pp. 43-50
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  1. Liberal Democracy – Against the Compromise Thesis
  2. pp. 51-52
  1. 1. Introduction
  2. pp. 53-56
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  1. 2. The conflict
  2. pp. 57-60
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  1. 3. Constitutional constraints, constitutional review
  2. pp. 61-64
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  1. 4. Political equality and rule by the majority
  2. pp. 65-70
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  1. 5. Equality of votes and equality of voters
  2. pp. 71-74
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  1. 6. Contractarian theory: the selection of voting rules
  2. pp. 75-80
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  1. 7. A weakness of contractarian theory
  2. pp. 81-84
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  1. 8. The typology of preferences
  2. pp. 85-90
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  1. 9. Filtering the preferences of the contracting parties
  2. pp. 91-96
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  1. 10. Moral discussion before the contract
  2. pp. 97-102
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  1. 11. The mandate of the guardians of the constitution
  2. pp. 103-108
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  1. 12. Summary and restrictions
  2. pp. 109-116
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  1. Constitutional Review
  2. pp. 117-115
  1. 1. Introduction
  2. pp. 119-132
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  1. 2. Interpreting the constitution
  2. pp. 133-182
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  1. 3. Striking down legislation
  2. pp. 183-246
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  1. The Legacy of the First Hungarian Constitutional Court
  2. pp. 247-248
  1. 1. The interpretive practice of the Constitutional Court
  2. pp. 249-302
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  1. 2. Summary and a glance to the future
  2. pp. 303-320
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 321-324
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