Subject: Political science (General) | JA1-92 | BJ1-1725 | Ethics
Well-stated modern political or democratic theory is rights-based. Meaningful democracy rests as a precondition on the equal rights of citizens. This idea stems from Rousseau’s distinction between a general will*one which is impersonal and tends toward equality, t... View more
1. Alan Gilbert's Must Global Politics Constrain Democracy? (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1999), chap. 5, stresses equal individual rights as the core of a democratic conception [cited hereafter as MGPCD?].
2. John Rawls' Law of Peoples [hereafter LP] makes rights basic to an international conception. As a constructivist, however, and rightly wanting to deter any imperial imposing of 'rights' at gun-point, he weakens the basic rights, for example those of women, in 'well ordered 56.