PLSC 114 - Lecture 22 - Democratic Statecraft: Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Lecture 22 - Democratic Statecraft: Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Overview

Three main features that Tocqueville regarded as central to American democracy are discussed: the importance of local government, the concept of "civil association," and "the spirit of religion." The book is not simply a celebration of the democratic experience in America; Tocqueville is deeply worried about the potential of a democratic tyranny.

Resources

Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, trans. Henry Reeve
Electronic edition deposited and marked-up by ASGRP, the American Studies Programs at the University of Virginia, June 1, 1997
http://xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/DETOC/toc_indx.html

Assignment

Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, pp. 274-302, 426-28, 479-84, 485-88 (Mansfield and Winthrop edition)

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