Thursday, April 23, 2020
Check out Prof. Barry Sullivan's (Loyola Chicago) outstanding and wide ranging Democratic Conditions, part of the Loyola Law Review symposium on democracy. Sullivan starts with the increasing alienation of non-elites from elite-run government and a survey of the "disconnect between the rhetoric of constitutional democracy and its reality." He moves to a comparative study of democracy and an exploration of constitutional democracy.
Sullivan then focuses on three ways our current system frustrates constitutional democacy--our lack of understanding of the anti-democratic features of our system, our historical preference for defining our political community in exclusionary terms, and justifiable lack of public confidence in our electoral system--and what to do about it.