Political parties seem inclined to dogmatism. Understanding party politics via a plural-subject account of collective belief explains this phenomenon. It explains inter-party outrage at slight deviations from the party line and dogged refusals to compromise. It also aligns with an alternative theory of political representation. I argue that party dogmatism is unlikely to change and can be a democratic good. I conclude that not parties but patriots counteract the democratic ills of dogmatic party politics.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||13|
|Journal||Philosophia (United States)|
|State||Published - Mar 2014|
- Collective belief
- Political parties
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