Progressivism and the New Democracy

By Sidney M. Milkis; Jerome M. Mileur | Go to book overview

Race, Class, and Gender in the Progressive Era
Restructuring State and Society

Eileen L. McDonagh

S cholars engaged in cross-national comparisons of democratic processes and attitudes find many diverse meanings of democracy. Robert Putnam, for example, in his study of Britain and Italy, while cautioning against simplifying too much, nevertheless argues that "government by the people...[is] the root meaning of 'democracy'." Although he found that both the British and the Italians contributed to this definition of democracy, there nevertheless were cross-national differences. Italians were more likely to define government by the people very literally to mean "direct popular participation" while in Britain, the term meant such things as "responsible government or public attention to political affairs." Putnam found that some in Britain even went "out of their way to reject direct popular participation as a defining characteristic of democracy." Instead, the British were more likely than the Italians, when defining democracy, to mention "specific political institutions such as elections and parliamentary government." While both the Italians and the British frequently mentioned "[p]olitical liberties, such as free speech and freedom of association" those in Britain more often than in Italy mentioned "limitations on government power and discretion" such as "the rule of law, dispersed governmental powers, laissez-faire social and economic policy," as the defining characteristic of democracy.1

We can think of democracy, therefore, in terms of two axes: institu-

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