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Article: The self-extinguishing despot: Millian Democratization

TitleThe self-extinguishing despot: Millian Democratization
Authors
Issue Date2011
PublisherCambridge University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=JOP
Citation
The Journal of Politics, 2011, v. 73 n. 4, p. 1239-1250 How to Cite?
AbstractAlthough there is no more iconic, stalwart, and eloquent defender of liberty and representative democracy than J. S. Mill, he sometimes endorses nondemocratic forms of governance. This article explains the reasons behind this seeming aberration and shows that Mill actually has complex and nuanced views of the transition from nondemocratic to democratic government, including the comprehensive and parallel material, cultural, institutional, and character reforms that must occur, and the mechanism by which they will be enacted. Namely, an enlightened despot must cultivate democratic virtues such as obedience, industriousness, spirit of nationality, and resistance to tyranny in the population and simultaneously prepare the way for his own demise and secure his own legitimacy by transitioning to the rule of law. This challenges recent scholarship that paints Mill's nondemocratic views as crudely and uncritically imperialist, because it fails to recognize and engage seriously with his sophisticated (if ultimately problematic) theory of individual and institutional development under enlightened colonialism. © Copyright Southern Political Science Association 2011.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/171863
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.84
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 2.753
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dc.contributor.authorTaylor, RSen_US
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dc.date.issued2011en_US
dc.identifier.citationThe Journal of Politics, 2011, v. 73 n. 4, p. 1239-1250en_US
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dc.description.abstractAlthough there is no more iconic, stalwart, and eloquent defender of liberty and representative democracy than J. S. Mill, he sometimes endorses nondemocratic forms of governance. This article explains the reasons behind this seeming aberration and shows that Mill actually has complex and nuanced views of the transition from nondemocratic to democratic government, including the comprehensive and parallel material, cultural, institutional, and character reforms that must occur, and the mechanism by which they will be enacted. Namely, an enlightened despot must cultivate democratic virtues such as obedience, industriousness, spirit of nationality, and resistance to tyranny in the population and simultaneously prepare the way for his own demise and secure his own legitimacy by transitioning to the rule of law. This challenges recent scholarship that paints Mill's nondemocratic views as crudely and uncritically imperialist, because it fails to recognize and engage seriously with his sophisticated (if ultimately problematic) theory of individual and institutional development under enlightened colonialism. © Copyright Southern Political Science Association 2011.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherCambridge University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=JOPen_US
dc.relation.ispartofThe Journal of Politicsen_US
dc.rightsThe Journal of Politics. Copyright © Cambridge University Press.-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.titleThe self-extinguishing despot: Millian Democratizationen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailChiu, Y: yvchiu@hku.hken_US
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