Democracy and the Political in Max Weber's Thought

By Terry Maley

© 2011

Max Weber is best known as one of the founders of modern sociology and the author of the Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, but he also made important contributions to modern political and democratic theory. In Democracy and the Political in Max Weber's Thought, Terry Maley explores, through a detailed analysis of Weber's writings, the intersection of recent work on Weber and on democratic theory, bridging the gap between these two rapidly expanding areas of scholarship.

Maley critically examines how Weber's realist 'model' of democracy defines and constrains the possibilities for democratic agency in modern liberal-democracies. Maley also looks at how ideas of historical time and memory are constructed in his writings on religion, bureaucracy, and the social sciences. Democracy and the Political in Max Weber's Thought is both an accessible introduction to Weber's political thought and a spirited defense of its continued relevance to debates on democracy.

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In Democracy and the Political in Max Weber's Thought, Terry Maley explores, through a detailed analysis of Weber's writings, the intersection of recent work on Weber and on democratic theory, bridging the gap between these two rapidly expanding areas of scholarship.

Democracy and the Political in Max Weber's Thought

By Terry Maley

© 2011

Max Weber is best known as one of the founders of modern sociology and the author of the Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, but he also made important contributions to modern political and democratic theory. In Democracy and the Political in Max Weber's Thought, Terry Maley explores, through a detailed analysis of Weber's writings, the intersection of recent work on Weber and on democratic theory, bridging the gap between these two rapidly expanding areas of scholarship.

Maley critically examines how Weber's realist 'model' of democracy defines and constrains the possibilities for democratic agency in modern liberal-democracies. Maley also looks at how ideas of historical time and memory are constructed in his writings on religion, bureaucracy, and the social sciences. Democracy and the Political in Max Weber's Thought is both an accessible introduction to Weber's political thought and a spirited defense of its continued relevance to debates on democracy.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.0in x 9.3in
  • Author Information

    Terry Maley is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at York University.

  • Table of contents

    Introduction

    1. Bureaucracy vs. Democracy?: The Politics of Theory
    2. The Politics of Realist Democracy
    3. Democracy and the Political
    4. The Puritan Sects and the Spirit of Democracy: The Memory of the Political
    5. Science as a Vocation, or the Politics of Science

    Conclusion: Democratic Paradoxes: Weber in our time

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