A theory of militant democracy: The ethics of combatting political extremism


How should pro-democratic forces safeguard representative government from anti-democratic forces? By granting rights of participation to groups that do not share democratic values, democracies may endanger the very rights they have granted; but denying these rights may also undermine democratic values. Alexander Kirshner offers a set of principles for determining when one may reasonably refuse rights of participation, and he defends this theory through real-world examples, ranging from the far-right British Nationalist Party to Turkey's Islamist Welfare Party to America's Democratic Party during Reconstruction. © 2014 by Alexander S. Kirshner. All rights reserved.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kirshner, AS

Published Date

  • June 30, 2014

Start / End Page

  • 1 - 208

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780300188240

Citation Source

  • Scopus