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Свободата и алтернативите на либералната демокрация
Freedom and the Alternatives to Liberal Democracy

Author(s): Olga Simova
Subject(s): Philosophy, Political Philosophy
Published by: Институт за българска философска култура
Keywords: liberal democracy; participatory democracy; “negative” freedom; political freedom

Summary/Abstract: This paper investigates the understanding of freedom within two kinds of theories: libertarian theories and theories of participatory democracy. They both attempt to propose an alternative to liberal democracy. The first part of the paper describes the balance between individual, “negative” and political freedom, as well as between freedom and equality – a balance that has already been achieved in theories justifying liberal representative democracy. Against the backdrop of this, the two subsequent parts analyze the understanding of freedom, first, in libertarian theories, which tend to privilege individual freedom by eliminating political freedom and equality, and, second, in theories of participatory democracy, which claim to have resolved the antagonism between freedom and equality, but have actually achieved something quite different: they have pushed aside individual “negative” freedom in favor of political freedom.

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: 8
  • Page Range: 49-66
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Bulgarian