Junior Workshop 6:
Theories of Democracy
Democracy is one of the leading ideals in contemporary politics. But there is little agreement about what democracy means, why it might be a good thing, or what institutions give expression to it. This workshop offers an introduction to the political theory of democracy. We shall discuss classic and contemporary accounts of the meaning and value of democracy, and we shall consider how these theoretical debates relate to contentious questions in today’s politics. The emphasis will be on helping students to identify an interesting junior research topic, and on how to write a research paper in political theory.