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On constitutional democracy: the relation between political deliberation, mixed constitutions, and the division of labour in society

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dc.contributor.supervisor Ogrodnick, Margaret en
dc.contributor.author Vlahos, Constantine Nicholas
dc.date.accessioned 2010-03-09T20:15:11Z
dc.date.available 2010-03-09T20:15:11Z
dc.date.issued 2010-03-09T20:15:11Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/3872
dc.description.abstract This thesis normatively defends political equality and deliberation by citizens, arguing for the constitutional integration of randomly selected citizens’ bodies in modern representative democracies. This defence is initiated through Aristotle’s explication of the constitution of polity and its inclusion of all economic classes, especially through lottery as one method of selection for deliberative office. Since a unifying theme of this study is the justification of citizens’ deliberation through a labour theory of value, Aristotle’s philosophy is also criticized for its failure to politically value and include all labourers. This shortcoming propels applying Karl Marx, and his theory of the capitalist division of labour, to justify citizens’ assemblies that are fully inclusive. Finally, the feasibility and potential of a constitutionally implemented, randomly selected citizens’ body - as a means for mitigating political and socioeconomic hierarchy - is analyzed and reinforced through the contemporary case of the British Columbia Citizens’ Assembly. en
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dc.language.iso en_US
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject Political Deliberation en
dc.subject Division of Labour en
dc.title On constitutional democracy: the relation between political deliberation, mixed constitutions, and the division of labour in society en
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis
dc.degree.discipline Political Studies en
dc.contributor.examiningcommittee Sigurdson, Richard MacKendrick, Kenneth en
dc.degree.level Master of Arts (M.A.) en
dc.description.note May 2010 en


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