POLS 354 Tentative Reading List

I will be making a course reader for my winter term POLS 354, available at the PCC.  Here is the tentative reading list:

POLS 354 Winter 2010  Tentative Reading List (Nov. 30th)


Week 1:  Introduction (Jan. 14, 16)

  • Adam Swift, Political Philosophy: A Beginners’ Guide for Students and Politicians (Cambridge: Polity, 2006). Chapter 5, “Democracy,” pp.179-223. 

Week 2: Against Democracy (Jan. 19, 21)

  • Plato, The Dialogues of Plato, vol. III (London: Oxford University Press, 1892). excerpts from Books 6 and 8 of The Republic.
  • Joseph Alois Schumpeter, Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy, 3d ed ed. (New York: Harper, 1950). Chapter 21 “The Classical Doctrine of Democracy.”
  • Carl Schmitt, The Crisis of Parliamentary Democracy (Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, 1988). Preface to the 2nd edition, “On the Contradiction between Parliamentarism and Democracy”

Week 3 Epistemic / Developmental Arguments for Democracy (Jan. 26, 28)

  • John Stuart Mill, Considerations on Representative Government (Indianapolis, IN.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1958), Chapter 3, “That the Ideally Best Form of Government Is Representative Government,” and Chapter 8, “Of the Extension of the Suffrage”
  • Carole Pateman, Participation and Democratic Theory (Cambridge [Eng.]: University Press, 1970). Chapter 2 1970
  • Nelson, William “Open Government and Just Legislation,” from David M Estlund, Democracy, (Malden, Mass: Blackwell Publishers, 2002).

Week 4 Condorcet’s Jury Theorem (Feb. 2, 4)

  • Bernard Grofman, and Scott L. Feld, “Rousseau’s General Will: A Condorcetian Perspective,” American Political Science Review 82, no. 2 (1988): 567-76.
  • David M. Estlund et al., “Democratic Theory and the Public Interest: Condorcet and Rousseau Revisited,” American Political Science Review 83 (1989): 1317-40.

Week 5 For and Against the Intrinsic Fairness of Democracy (Feb. 9, 10)

  • Ronald Dworkin, “What is Equality? Part 4: Political Equality,” University of San Francisco Law Review 22 (1987): 1-30.
  • Thomas Christiano, The Rule of the Many: Fundamental Issues in Democratic Theory (Boulder, Co.: Westview Press, 1996).  Chapter 2, “An Argument for Democratic Equality”

Week 6: Mixed Theories (Feb. 16, 18)

  • David M. Estlund, Democratic Authority: A Philosophical Framework (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2008). Chapter 1: “Democratic Authority” (excerpt), Chapter 2: “Truth and Despotism,” and Chapter 9: “Why Not an Epistocracy of the Educated?”

Reading Week (Feb. 22-26)

Week 7: Social Choice vs. Democracy (Mar. 2, 4)

  • Riker, William “Social Choice Theory and Constitutional Democracy,” Chapter 7 of Thomas Christiano, ed. Philosophy and Democracy (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2003).
  • Gerry Mackie, Democracy Defended, vol. Contemporary political theory (Cambridge, U.K. ; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003). Chapters 2 and 3

Week 8: Deliberative Democracy (Mar. 9, 11)

  • Cass Sunstein, “Naked Preferences and the Constitution,” Columbia Law Review 84, no. 7 (1984): 1689-732.
  • Bernard Manin, “On Legitimacy and Political Deliberation,” Political Theory 15, no. 3 (1987): 338-68.
  • Lynn M. Sanders, “Against Deliberation,” Political Theory 25, no. 3 (1997): 347-76.

Week 9: Constitutionalism (Mar. 16, 18)

  • John Hart Ely, Democracy and Distrust: A Theory of Judicial Review (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1980). Chapter 4: “Policing the Process of Representation”
  • R. M. Dworkin, A Matter of Principle (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1985). Chapter 2: “A Forum of Principle” (excerpt)
  • Jeremy Waldron, “A Rights-Based Critique of Consitutional Rights,” Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 13, no. 1 (1993): 18-51.

Week 10: Secession and Self-Determination (Mar. 23, 25)

  • Christopher Heath Wellman, “A Defense of Secession and Political Self-Determination,” Philosophy and Public Affairs 24 (1995): 142-71.
  • Alan Buchanan, “Democracy and Secession,” in National Self-Determination and Secession (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998).
  • Daniel M. Weinstock, “Constitutionalizing the Right to Secede,” The Journal of Political Philosophy 9, no. 2 (2001): 182-203.

Week 11: Democracy in Asia (Mar. 30, Apr. 1)

  • Daniel Bell, East Meets West : Human Rights and Democracy in East Asia (Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press, 2000). Chapter 5: “A Political Proposal for the Post-Communist Era”
  • Brooke Ackerly, “Is Liberalism the Only Way Toward Democracy? Confucianism and Democracy,” Political Theory 33, no. 4 (2005): 547-76.
  • Sor-Hoon Tan, “Confucian Democracy as Pragmatic Experiment: Uniting Love of Learning and Love of Antiquity,” Asian Philosophy 17, no. 2 (2007): 141-66.

Week 12: Wrap-Up (Apr. 6, 8)

  • No Readings; time to catch up.
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