Jeffrey Church is Assistant Professor of Political Science, 447 Phillip G. Hoffman Hall, University of Houston, Houston, TX 77204 (email@example.com).
G.W.F. Hegel on Self-Determination and Democratic Theory
Article first published online: 16 JUL 2012
©2012, Midwest Political Science Association
American Journal of Political Science
Volume 56, Issue 4, pages 1021–1039, October 2012
How to Cite
Church, J. (2012), G.W.F. Hegel on Self-Determination and Democratic Theory. American Journal of Political Science, 56: 1021–1039. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-5907.2012.00609.x
Thanks to Rick Wilson and the four anonymous reviewers for the AJPS for helpful guidance in improving this manuscript.
- Issue published online: 4 OCT 2012
- Article first published online: 16 JUL 2012
This article claims that the major alternative models of contemporary democratic theory—the aggregative, deliberative, and agonistic models—are grounded on a norm of self-determination, but each conceptualizes this self-determination in a different, and one-sidedly narrow, way. G.W.F. Hegel provides a conceptual scheme in which to understand the development and synthesize the insights of these three articulations of self-determination. He also argues that the political embodiment of a complete self-determination must be founded on economic self-interest, though a self-interest expanded to a concern for the common good through the experience of self-government in one's economic and political associations. Thus, rather than separating economic and political spheres, as contemporary democratic theorists do, Hegel makes a case that modern self-determination requires a structural harmony between these spheres.