John Dewey on Public Office and Representative Democracy

Kirstine Zinck Pedersen*

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Resumé

Recent decades have seen rising interest in John Dewey’s political philosophy, often in discussions of the presumed crisis of democracy, rising populism in Western political systems, or the triumph of neoliberalism. This paper presents a rare reading of Dewey as a theorist of office and political representation, where it is only meaningful to approach ‘the public’ in terms of public offices organised through the state. In Dewey’s understanding of democracy, public office is extended to the citizen, who must be educated to participate in public engagement and who has a duty to vote not as a private person but as a representative of the public interest. From this perspective, a democracy must be judged by the extent to which it is able to secure both its traditional public officers’ and its citizens’ representative functions, character, and conduct rather than by its ideas, for instance, of freedom of speech or public will.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftEuropean Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology
Antal sider21
ISSN2325-4823
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 20 nov. 2019

Bibliografisk note

Epub ahead of print. Published online: 20 November 2019

Emneord

  • John Dewey
  • Public office
  • Representative democracy
  • The public
  • Thomas Hobbes
  • Walter Lippmann

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