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Value Relativism, Procedural Democracy and Opinion Representation: Reflections on Three Conceptual Underpinnings of Swedish Anti-Constitutionalism
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2009 (English)In: Nordisk tidsskrift for menneskerettigheter, ISSN 1503-6480, Vol. 27, no 2, 242-259 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article investigates three ideas that have had a hegemonic position during the formative period of the majoritarian model of democracy: (1) Value Relativism of Axel Hägerström, (2) Tingsten’s procedural concept of democracy, and (3) Jörgen Westerståhl’s popular-will theory of democracy. These three ideas are often believed to give support to a kind of moral subjectivism that is hostile to constitutionalism. An abstract conceptual analysis is combined with a more historical approach focused on the impact of these ideas through different normative interpretations. The conclusion is that neither Value Relativism (and the associated Scandinavian legal realism), nor the procedural concept of democracy has any anti-constitutional implications. The popular-will theory of democracy, on the other hand, has a stronger theoretical link to anti-constitutional ideas.

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Oslo: Universitetsforlaget , 2009. Vol. 27, no 2, 242-259 p.
Keyword [en]
Value Relativism, Constitutional Tradition, Democracy, Anti-constitutionalism
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Research subject
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-140001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-140001DiVA: diva2:382817
Demokrati, kunskap och värderelativism
Swedish Research Council, 2005-930
Available from: 2011-01-03 Created: 2011-01-03 Last updated: 2011-01-03Bibliographically approved

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