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Democracy in the Mirror

August 2, 2021

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This is the third review in our “Parliamentary Thinking” book forum.

Review of Parliament the Mirror of the Nation: Representation, Deliberation and Democracy in Victorian Britain by Gregory Conti (Cambridge University Press, 2019).

In Political Political Theory (2016), Jeremy Waldron chided political theorists for studying ideals such as equality or liberty in a vacuum, in a way oblivious to the concrete institutional backdrop in which they can be realized. Theorists, he urged, need to complement their philosophical inquiry with a renewed attention to political institutions. Waldron’s call is finding an echo in a young generation of historians of political thought. Exemplary of this new trend are a number of recent volumes

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