Party politics and democratic disagreement

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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 languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)137-149
Number of pages13
JournalPhilosophia (United States)
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Collective belief
  • Democracy
  • Disagreement
  • Dogmatism
  • Political parties
  • Representation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy


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