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  1. Introduction
  2. Schumpeter's Conception of Democracy
  3. Analysis
  4. Conclusion

Schumpeter is well known for his efforts in advocating a procedural democracy definition. He sets the stage for his definition by first criticizing the implications of the 18th-century philosophy that was associated with democracy (Medearis, 2009, p. 34). He claims that the definition in the 18th century claimed that democratic method is generally the institutional arrangement that is used to reach political decisions and focuses on common good by making the people take part in decision making through electing individuals who will represent and rule them. This definition according to Schumpeter assumes that there is a common good that people agree on which has ability to define what is good and what is bad. The dilemma is how quickly to absorb this ideal. Schumpeter claims that there is no common good that can be used to make people see through rational argument.

Even someone who has good intentions sometimes may find themselves disagreeing on what is best for the society. In addition, he asserts that even if people could agree on common ends, it would be difficult to agree on the means (Schumpeter, 2010, p.252). Schumpeter also claimed that this definition of the 18th century was concluded in a utilitarian perspective that common good is what is best for each person. This does not allow individuals to be free regarding will to common good but uses the assumption that people will and should naturally absorb.

[...] (2010). Capitalism, socialism and democracy. London, Routledge. Shulga, M. A. (2012). Democracy and economic demands in Russia and Ukraine : lessons for democratic theory. Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of California, Riverside, 2012. [...]


[...] According to Schumpeter definition of democratic self-control, he says that each person should be ready to accept all the laws that have been legally adopted. It is evident that Schumpeter wants to let people know that the people wishing to take legislative actions should have the will to have patience until their turn to have action taken arrives. Every politician must be able to handle temptation to embarrass and upset the government every time they are tempted to do so. [...]

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