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The French RepublicHistory, Values, Debates$
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Edward Ducler Berenson, Vincent Duclert, and Christophe Prochasson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449017

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449017.001.0001

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(p.119) 13 Democracy
The French Republic

Patrice Gueniffey

, Arthur Goldhammer
Cornell University Press

This chapter explores the multiple dimensions of democracy and how it correlates to republicanism. It emphasizes that the relationship between republicanism and democracy is singular: republicanism was not always democratic, and republicanism was not often seen as the form of government indispensable to democratic societies. As a matter of fact, democracy is not just a republican value. It is the express condition of all legitimacy, regardless of the form political institutions take. Moreover, the republic is nowadays contained within democracy as one of its modes of organization. However, the chapter shows that, for a long time, democracy had been contained within the republic, as one of its forms.

Keywords:   democracy, republicanism, democratic societies, legitimacy, political institutions

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