Honors Capstone Project
Date of Submission
Professor Ralph Ketcham
Professor Edward McClennan
Citizenship and Public Affairs
Capstone Prize Winner
Won Capstone Funding
American Politics | Political Science
This paper puts forward a theory of democracy most suited for American politics given the plurality of ideological interests at play in the United States. This plurality, which I call the "fact of ideological diversity," dictates that in order for our government to be truly democratic, the political forum must foster opinions from all ideological considerations, not just the most dominant ones. I also demonstrate that given the nature of free institutions and our governmental structure, prior attemps by philosophers to reconcile a diversity of ideological interests using a procedural format is not sufficient to forming a wholly democratic political domain.
Cocozza, Richard A., "The American Democracy in the 21st Century" (2005). Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects. 686.
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