Not just any social democracy
‘Marquandism’ and the primacy of pluralism and republicanism
in Making social democrats
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David Marquand's thinking on pluralism cuts across three interconnected realms, namely: politics and government, social and cultural contexts, and the economic arena. This chapter argues that Marquandism withstands critical scrutiny given its overriding emphasis on pluralism and republicanism as two crucial, consolidating elements that must be incorporated into any kind of democratic political system worth having. It discusses the main elements of pluralism and republicanism as Marquand sees them and examines how pluralism and republicanism both inform Marquand's perspective on the 'social' in social democracy and, finally, on the essence of democracy itself. In contrast with Marquand's priority placed upon pluralism, which points to complex changes in the governance of the United Kingdom, Marquand's emphasis on democratic republicanism is mainly about the people. The premium Marquand places, then, on a pluralist, republican social democracy serves as the unifying thread in his political thinking.

Making social democrats

Citizens, mindsets, realities: Essays for David Marquand

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