Before liberalism, what did democracy imply? What impact does this have on our lives today? This book recovers the essential meaning of democracy as communal and restricted self-government by citizens by combining history and political philosophy.
'Demopolis,' a hypothetical contemporary state vividly envisaged by award-winning historian and political scientist Josiah Ober, uses participatory self-government as the foundation of political activity. Residents of Demopolis strive to create a safe, affluent, and non-tyrannical city in which citizens rule collectively, both directly and through representatives, and gladly bear the expenses of self-government since it benefits them both collectively and individually.
"[Ober uses] rich history of democracy in ancient Athens with modern game-theoretic tools to illustrate how individuals in today’s society could create a democratic order despite being skeptical of political liberalism."
"Ober takes on the crucial function of reminding readers that a lack of liberalism or liberal outcomes does not always imply a lack of democracy."
"Excellent book. Ober highlights the value of democracy as an autonomous socio-political good we must protect and develop."