Corey Brettschneider In my book, Democratic Rights: The Substance of Selfto domestic politics, that liberty which protects a sovereign 1 On Government, I proposed a "value theory of democracy." individual against coercive intervention should be accompanied my view, ideal democracy is best understood in reference by robust, reasoned defenses of the reasons that underlie liberty not only to democratic procedures, but to the democratic valitself. Analogously, I argue here that sovereignty, which protects ues that underlie these procedures. I argued that when these nations against forceful intervention, should be accompanied by procedure-independent standards are viewed as the primary a robust defense of the values of free and equal citizenship-- locus of the democratic ideal, we can understand not only why values which, I suggest, underlie the very idea of sovereignty. procedures are potentially legitimate, but also why they are While forceful interventions might violate sovereignty, then, rightly constrained by certain substantive rights that are also "persuasive" interventions do not. The values of free and equal required by the procedure-independent values. Among the citizenship are thus not only procedure-independent but also many questions that have been raised by this procedure"geography independent"--that is, not bounded by domestic independent account of
The Good Society – Penn State University Press
Published: Dec 31, 2009
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