Walter Lippman's democracy Public Deposited

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  • Williams, Dustin
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science
  • Walter Lippmann's work is often characterized in a variety of different ways, including progressive, conservative, liberal, and realist. However, it is rarely if ever characterized as democratic, despite Lippmann's commitment to democracy, both in declarations of allegiance and in the substance of his work. While Lippmann is critical of the public, his intent is not to create some form of oligarchy. Instead he advocates the role of representative government and the necessity of public discourse. It is my hope to illuminate the democratic aspects of Lippmann's work by looking primarily at several of his most important works: A Preface to Politics, Drift and Mastery, Liberty and the News, Public Opinion, The Phantom Public, and Essays in the Public Philosophy. A close examination of these works reveals a consistent commitment to a nuanced theory of democracy. This thesis examines the character of that democratic theory.
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