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Daniel Wickberg

Democracy: Telic or Contingent?–*Toward Democracy* Roundtable

Here are links to the introduction, the Brewer response, and the Arcenas response. By Daniel Wickberg The central tension in James Kloppenberg’s long-awaited and magisterial intellectual history of democracy is between the historicism of its practice and its commitment to establishing a universal model of democracy more akin to the goals of political theory than to those of history.  The first leads us into a world of contingencies and particularisms, unintended consequences and ironies, an over lapping of multiple languages and systems of ideas in particular contexts.  The second, super imposed on the first, judges the adequacy of those particular Read more