Democracy and equality

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Many writers claim that democratic government rests on a principled commitment to the ideal of political equality. The ideal of political equality holds that political institutions ought to be arranged so that they distribute political standing equally to all citizens. I reject this common view. I argue that the ideal of political equality, under its most plausible characterizations, lacks independent justificatory force. By casting doubt on the ideal of political equality, I provide indirect support for the claim that democratic government is only instrumentally justified.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)416-438
Number of pages23
JournalPhilosophical Quarterly
Issue number228
StatePublished - 2007

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