Towards a Social Democratic Theory of the State

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The paper attempts two tasks. The first is to provide a characterization of the social democratic approach which sets it in contrast to liberal democratic theories. This is pursued by contrasting the different interpretations of the ideal of equal respect which are associated with the two approaches. The second task is to establish that the social democratic approach is, if not clearly superior, at least worth considering further. This task is pursued by the attempt to vindicate three assumptions which the social democratic approach must make about the state.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)537-551
Number of pages15
JournalPolitical Studies
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1987
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science


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