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Demos AssembledDemocracy and the International Origins of the Modern State, 1840-1880$
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Stephen W. Sawyer

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226544465

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226544632.001.0001

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Lucien-Anatole Prévost-Paradol and the Democratization of Government

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Demos Assembled

Stephen W. Sawyer

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the writings and thought of Prevost-Paradol, a French journalist and publicist who wrote extensively on what governments might be “democratic” in response to the democratic dictatorship imposed on France by Napoleon III. Prevost-Paradol drew a distinction between the external government and its democratic foundations, distancing his critiques from any particular form of democratic government. He identified these foundations as the degree to which the government matched the desires and forms of its society. After tracing Prevost-Paradol’s journalistic career and this chapter identifies the influence and legacy of the government-democratic distinction: most notably as guidelines for ensuring that a supposedly democratic government could actually govern democratically.

Keywords:   Prevost-Paradol, Napoleon III, Illiberal democracy, External government, Foundations of democracy

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