Inherent contradictions of democracy: Illustrations from national broadcasting corporations

Eva Etzioni-Halevy

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The purpose of this paper is to map out and illustrate some of the major contradictions inherent in the manner in which power is exercised (and conceived of) in a democracy. The main argument is that the confrontation of the democratic ally elected elite's power by the power of other elites is both a danger and a necessity for democracy and that this internal contradiction finds expression in ambivalent, self-contradictory, and controversial "rules of the game" of the democratic process. This argument is supported by illustrations from the area of bureaucracy and in particular from one type of semi governmental bureaucracy,
national broadcasting corporations and their elites in four western-style democracies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLanguage and Communication in Israel
PublisherTaylor and Francis Inc.
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781351291040
ISBN (Print)9781560009986
StatePublished - 16 Jan 2018

Bibliographical note

Comparative Politics
Vol. 20, No. 3 (Apr., 1988), pp. 325-340 (16 pages)
Published By: Comparative Politics, Ph.D. Programs in Political Science, City University of New York
Comparative Politics


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