The idea of a political system is not simply to be efficient. It's to have justice. It's to have the idea that anybody can come to the seat of power and say, 'Here are my grievances,' and that doesn't mean that by making that claim, they will get exactly what they want. But it does mean that they will get a hearing and in that notion, I think, lies again, a certain part of democracy that is not reduceable just to elections.
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Dan Carpenter is the Allie S. Freed professor of Government at Harvard University and the author of Democracy by Petition: Popular Politics in Transformation, 1790-1870.
Key Highlights Include
Democracy by Petition: Popular Politics in Transformation, 1790-1870 by Daniel Carpenter
"The Menthol Cigarette Ban Shows There Is No Democracy Without Petitions," by Daniel Carpenter, Boston Review
"Robust Claims of Vast Lawlessness" from Lapham's Quarterly by Daniel Carpenter
Out of Order from the German Marshall Fund
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