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dc.contributor.advisor Spragens, Thomas A en_US
dc.contributor.author Hanagan, Nora en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-09T12:59:12Z
dc.date.available 2011-12-05T05:30:04Z
dc.date.issued 2011 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10161/3913
dc.description Dissertation en_US
dc.description.abstract <p>This dissertation examines whether democratic citizens are responsible for the behavior of their governments. Through careful analysis of the political theory and practice of Henry David Thoreau and Jane Addams, I demonstrate that notions of democracy that are distinctly modern in their emphasis upon plurality and individuality can instill in citizens a sense of responsibility for public life. My analysis also calls attention to several challenges that make ethical democratic citizenship a demanding undertaking. In the final chapters, I construct an account of responsible democratic citizenship that addresses these challenges, drawing upon lessons learned from my discussion of Thoreau and Addams, as well as from more contemporary thinkers. Democratic citizens, I argue, do not fully control the circumstances in which they act, and thus they often become implicated in outcomes to which they have not explicitly consented. If they aspire to be self-ruling, however, they must accept some responsibility for political outcomes that affect their own wellbeing and are affected by their behavior. Furthermore, I argue that citizens are unlikely to recognize and discharge their shared responsibilities unless they cultivate particular attitudes, including curiosity, flexibility, sympathy, humility and courage. These attitudes enable citizens to learn about the problems for which they are responsible and cooperate with others to solve shared problems.</p> en_US
dc.subject Political Science en_US
dc.subject Democratic theory en_US
dc.subject Henry David Thoreau en_US
dc.subject Jane Addams en_US
dc.subject Political responsibility en_US
dc.subject pragmatism en_US
dc.title Responsibility and Democratic Rule en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.department Political Science en_US
duke.embargo.months 6 en_US

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