Democracy in Theory and Practice

Please note: this is archived course information from 2022 for POLITICS 214.


Examines the theory and practice of democratic politics. Specific questions include how democracies try to reconcile freedom and equality, and the relations between democratic nationalism and citizenship. Practical topics include judicial review and the rule of law, referendums and the 'tyranny of the majority', and issues in political representation, including Maori representation.