Democracies and Republics Between Past and Future
From the Athenian Agora to e-Democracy, from the Roman Republic to Negative Power
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This volume guides readers through the current constitutional systems in the Western world in an attempt to decipher the reasons and extent of the decline of the nexus between 'elections' and 'democracy'; it then turns its gaze to the past in search of some answers for the future, examining early and classical Athens and, finally, early republican Rome. In discussing Athens, it explores how an authentic 'power of the people' is more than voting and something rather different from representation, while the examples of Rome demonstrate - thanks to the paradigm of the so-called tribunician power - the importance of institutionalised mechanisms of dialogic conflict between competing powers.
This book will be of primary interest to scholars of legal history, both recent and ancient, and to classicists, but also to the more general reader with an interest in politics and history.
Chapter 1. The Need for New Paradigms
1. The Crumbling Constitution.
3. In Quest of Alternative Models.
4. From Montesquieu to the Federalist Papers
Chapter 2. : Back to the Future
1. and Democracy.
2. The Athenian Model.
3. and New Technologies: From Athens to Tomorrow?
4. Some Conclusions.
Chapter 3. Tribuni and Res Publica: At the Roots of the Concurrent Majority
1. The Social Contract and Its Roman Inspiration.
2. The Roman Tribunes.
3. The Roman Foundations of the Rousseauian Republic.
4. Negative Power: Its Ancient Paradigms and Its Modern Versions.
5. The Rousseauian and Roman Tribunate.
6. Some Conclusions.