By Claude Mosse
Topic of the e-book is the historical past of historic Athens from the past due seventh to the top of the 4th Century: a narrative of surprising violent riots, the conspiracy of Cylon, reforms of Solon and Pisistratus tyranny, because the Peloponnesian struggle, the conflict of Chaeronea and the reign of Alexander the good and his successors. the writer combines and exploits with admirable ability a unprecedented wealth of proof of all types, historic and literary assets, archaeological unearths. In negotiated not just refers back to the historic texts and the lists while to aid interpret the industrial state of affairs, social kin and political occasions of the time learning. relatively fascinated with the genesis and process democratic associations, in direct correlation with the wishes created. The flexible and bold hypothesis, the nonsectarian conclusions, actual interpretations, mixed with the easy and flowing narrative, resulting in an total photo of the Athenian democracy via an intelligible and significant interpreting.
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Strict accountability can look very appealing, and it is hard to see what representation is about if not the representatives delivering on what they had promised to do. But if democracy is also about reconciling previously opposed opinion or mobilising new agendas, it cannot rely exclusively on binding mandates. There has to be some room for transformation, otherwise the representatives must endlessly repeat whatever opinions they presented from the start. Some balance has to be struck between allowing the representatives to exercise their judgement, and giving them so much autonomy of action that they can no longer pretend to represent us.
See also Loughlin's chapter in this book .. Layfield Committee (1976) Report of the Committee of Enquiry into Local Government Finance, Cmnd 6543, London: HMSO. 'Labour's Landslide Buries Local Issues', Local Government Chronicle, 12 May 1995, p. 9. Jones, G. , 'No Voters, No Democracy', Local Government Chronicle, 26 May 1995, p. 8. Ibid, p. 8. Wilson, D. and Game, C. (1994) Local Government in the United Kingdom, London: Macmillan, ch. II. Hirst, P. (1995) 'Quangos and Democratic Government', Parliamentary Affairs, vol.
I have noted that local government already has a better record on this than national government, but even so, there is a great deal more that could be done in this area. 8 The other most obvious avenues for improving the quality of democracy move beyond the sphere of representation to add in elements of direct democracy: the most self-evident being to increase the number of issues on which citizens are enabled to vote directly; and to make more use of the open meeting. There are numerous and wellrehearsed problems with both of these - which is why they should 32 Why does Local Democracy Matter?
Athens - Story of a democracy by Claude Mosse