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Republican Constitutionalism Plebeian Institutions and Anti-Oligarchic Rules

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Peer-reviewed

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Article

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Authors

Vergara Gonzalez, Camila 

Abstract

The article presents a plebeian strand of republican constitutional thought that recognises the influence of inequality on political power, embraces conflict as the effective cause of free government, and channels its anti-oligarchic energy through the constitutional structure. First it engages with two modern plebeian thinkers – Niccolò Machiavelli and Nicolas de Condorcet – focusing on the institutional role of the common people to resist oppression through ordinary and extraordinary political action. Then it discusses the work of two contemporary republican thinkers – Philip Pettit and John McCormick – and contrasts their models of ‘contestatory’ and ‘tribunician’ democracy. Finally, I incorporate a political economy lens and propose as part of republican constitutionalism not only contestatory and tribunician institutions but also anti-oligarchic basic rules to keep inequality and corruption under control.

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5003 Philosophy, 50 Philosophy and Religious Studies, 16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Journal Title

Theoria: a journal of social and political theory

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1558-5816
0040-5817

Volume Title

69

Publisher

Berghahn Books
Sponsorship
European Commission Horizon 2020 (H2020) Marie Sk?odowska-Curie actions (101023197)