Protecting Popular Self-Government from the People? New Normative Perspectives on Militant Democracy

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Abstract

This article assesses recent normative theorizing on militant democracy-the idea that, to protect themselves, democracies might under some circumstances have to restrict the rights of those set on undermining or outright destroying democracy. Particular attention is paid to new justifications of militant democracy that seek to avoid the danger of militant democracy itself damaging democracy, as well as to the question of who the agent deciding on implementing militant democracy ought to be. Three new challenges for thinking about militant democracy are identified: certain forms of religious belief and practice, new varieties of authoritarianism that include elections and some limited freedoms, and the question of whether international and supranational institutions can play a role in protecting democracies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)249-265
Number of pages17
JournalAnnual Review of Political Science
Volume19
DOIs
StatePublished - May 11 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science

Keywords

  • Competitive authoritarianism
  • Free association
  • Free speech
  • Islamism
  • Party bans
  • Rights restrictions

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