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p. 182. Tocqueville’s praise of democracylocked

  • Harvey C. Mansfield


‘Tocqueville's praise of democracy’ explores Tocqueville's understanding of democracy and the development of this understanding in the course of his reading and experience, particularly in America. For Tocqueville democracy is primarily a way of life, and only secondarily is it a form of government. What strengthens individuals is association and what this might look like and the role of the New England township is a pivotal idea in Tocqueville's thinking. Political and civil associations are an important theme in his writings as is the idea of self-interest and its influence on democracy.

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