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William H. Riker on Minimalist Liberalism - Dictionary of Arguments

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Minimalist Liberalism/democray/Riker/Dryzek: Riker's (1982)(1) attempted social-choice-theoretic
defence of minimalism is that though voting is meaningless, periodic elections at least provide an
opportunity for the removal of tyrannical, incompetent, or corrupt leadership.
VsRiker: but Riker's defence fails because his own analysis shows that there is no will of the voters independent of the mechanism that is supposed to measure it - and this has to include the will to dismiss tyrants or incompetents (Coleman and Ferejohn, 1986(2): 22). >Minimalist liberalism/Dryzek, >Minimalist liberalism/Przeworski,

1. Riker, William H. (1982) Liberalism against Populism: A Confrontation between the Theory of Democracy and the Theory of Social Choice. San Francisco: Freeman.
2. Coleman, Jules and John Ferejohn (1986) 'Democracy and social choice'. Ethics, 97: 6—25.


Dryzek, John S. 2004. „Democratic Political Theory“. In: Gaus, Gerald F. & Kukathas, Chandran 2004. Handbook of Political Theory. SAGE Publications


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PolRiker I
William H. Riker
Liberalism Against Populism: A Confrontation Between the Theory of Democracy and the Theory of Social Choice Long Grove, IL 1988

Gaus I
Gerald F. Gaus
Chandran Kukathas
Handbook of Political Theory London 2004


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