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dc.contributor.authorButler, Andrewen
dc.date.accessioned2020-01-03T19:24:14Z
dc.date.available2020-01-03T19:24:14Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1974/27525
dc.description.abstractIn this dissertation, I explore the theory of political instrumentalism and its application to the justification of democracy. I suggest that because of the dominance of intrinsic accounts of the justification of democracy in contemporary democratic theory, political instrumentalism has been wrongly dismissed or neglected. The result is that serious investigation into the foundations of political instrumentalism has not been widely pursued. I argue that we can find a compelling basis for political instrumentalism in a moralized view of political power as a public trust. I thus argue for a distinctive version of political instrumentalism which I call ‘public trust instrumentalism’. Public trust instrumentalism supports a broadly sufficientarian approach to justifying the distribution of political power, and therefore has important implications for our thinking about the justification of democracy.en
dc.language.isoengen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesCanadian thesesen
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dc.subjectDemocracyen
dc.subjectDemocratic Theoryen
dc.subjectJustification of Democracyen
dc.subjectPolitical Poweren
dc.subjectPolitical Instrumentalismen
dc.subjectDemocratic Instrumentalismen
dc.subjectDistribution of Political Poweren
dc.subjectSufficientarianismen
dc.subjectPublic Trusten
dc.subjectPublic Trust Instrumentalismen
dc.titleDemocracy, Instrumentalism, and Power as a Trust: On the Foundations of Political Instrumentalismen
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dc.description.degreePhDen
dc.contributor.supervisorSypnowich, Christineen
dc.contributor.departmentPhilosophyen
dc.degree.grantorQueen's University at Kingstonen


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