Democratically Binding

12 Pages Posted: 18 May 2011 Last revised: 18 Jun 2011

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Robert E. Goodin

Australian National University (ANU) - Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS)

Date Written: 2011


The aspiration of the "Democracy Unbound" project was to extend democracy in two dimensions: Range and scope. The former would give a wider range of people the vote. The latter would give people a wider scope of things to vote on. In practice, no doubt there is room to do much more of both. But whereas it would be democratically justifiable in an ideal world for democracy to be completely unbounded as regards range, even in an ideal world democracy ought to be subject to some limits internal to the logic of democracy itself as regards its scope.

Keywords: Bindingness of law, Democratic franchise, All affected interests, Limits to democracy, Democracy

Suggested Citation

Goodin, Robert E., Democratically Binding (2011). Oñati Socio-Legal Series, Vol. 1, No. 5, pp. 1-12, 2011, Available at SSRN:

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