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Universal Suffrage and the Spectre of Dictatorship

Mark Hewitson

in National Identity and Political Thought in Germany: Wilhelmine Depictions of the French Third Republic, 1890–1914

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198208587
eISBN:
9780191678073
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208587.003.0004
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter looks at the connection between parliamentarism and universal suffrage, and the alleged consequences of that connection. It focuses on the difficulty of checking popularly elected and ... More


The Problem of Political Parties in Western Liberalism, 1868–1968

Paolo Pombeni

in Liberalism as Ideology: Essays in Honour of Michael Freeden

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199600670
eISBN:
9780191738203
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199600670.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

Are political parties an unavoidable component of liberal constitutionalism? A historical enquiry shows us how troubled was the perception of political parties among Western European liberals. In the ... More


Plato’s Tyrant and the Crisis of Athenian Democracy

Cinzia Arruzza

in A Wolf in the City: Tyranny and the Tyrant in Plato's Republic

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
October 2018
ISBN:
9780190678852
eISBN:
9780190678883
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190678852.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter addresses the question of the identity of the historical figure depicted by Plato’s tyrant, and rules out that Plato’s main inspiration and referent was an actual tyrant. Contra such ... More


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