Parliamentarism and Democratic Theory

Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

Edited by Kari Palonen and José María Rosales

Barbara Budrich Publishers

Parliamentarism and Democratic Theory

Pub Date: December 2018

ISBN: 9783847401582

324 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $60.00

Parliamentarism and Democratic Theory

Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

Edited by Kari Palonen and José María Rosales

Barbara Budrich Publishers

This book considers the place of parliamentary politics in democracy. Apparently a truism, parliamentarism is in fact a missing research object in democratic theory, and a devalued institutional reference in democratic politics. Yet the parliamentary culture of politics historically explains the rise and fall of modern democracies. In early-twentieth-century political thought, the relationships between democracy and parliamentarism were a focus of the agenda. In the postwar era, the study of politics has taken the parliament for granted, meaning its analysis has been on the whole limited to concomitant factors, such as elections, party systems, or the government-opposition divide. Even rhetorical studies have largely dealt with historical and linguistic aspects of argumentative reasoning, and parliaments have been considered merely institutions producing speeches and texts to be studied. By exploring democracy from the vantage point of parliamentary politics, this book advances a novel research perspective. Aimed at revising current debates on parliamentary politics, democratization, and democratic theory, the authors argue that the parliamentary culture of politics plays a central role in democracy, vindicating the argumentative, debating experience of politics to recast both some of democratic theory’s normative assumptions and real democracies’ reform potential.

About the Author

Kari Palonen is professor of political science at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, and editor of Redescriptions and cofounder of the History of Political and Social Concepts Group.

José María Rosales is associate professor of moral and political philosophy at the University of Málaga, Spain, and board member of Concepta, International Research School in Conceptual History and Political Thought.