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Popular Rule and its Discontents: Concepts

A LibGuide created for Crina Archer's course, "Popular Rule and its Discontents" (POL2113)

Political Theory Overviews


Democracy, in modern usage, is a system of government in which the citizens exercise power directly or elect representatives from among themselves to form a governing body, such as a parliament. Democracy is sometimes referred to as "rule of the majority".


Marxism is a method of socioeconomic analysis that analyzes class relations and societal conflict using a materialist interpretation of historical development and a dialectical view of social transformation. It originates from the mid-to-late 19th century works of German philosophers Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.


Liberalism is a political philosophy or worldview founded on ideas of liberty and equality. Whereas classical liberalism emphasises the role of liberty, social liberalism stresses the importance of equality.


Populism is a political philosophy and movement usually characterized by a desire to take power away from the wealthy, elite members of society and redistribute it among the common people, often through direct democracy.


Republicanism is an ideology of being a citizen in a state as a republic under which the people hold popular sovereignty.