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Opposition and Democracy

Three intertwined points are discussed in this article : the organization
of the rights of minorities, the regulation of discussion, and the liberal
conception of the principle of truth. The very peculiar form taken by
the question of truth in liberal regimes flows from the central place
they give to the exchange and confrontation of opinions, itself being
unconceivable without the right of every individual and of every
group to take part to the electoral contest and to defend their positions
between two elections. Admittedly, liberalism does not eschew the
search for unity, but it sees it as the result of the meeting and confrontation
of opinions ; it places consensus at the end of the debate and,
thereby, distinguishes itself radically from political regimes based
exclusively on the principle of Unity.


Référence électonique : Marc SADOUN, "Opposition and Democracy", Pouvoirs, revue française d’études constitutionnelles et politiques, n°108, 108 - L’opposition, p.5-22 . Consulté le 2023-06-09 03:03:51 . URL : https://revue-pouvoirs.fr/Opposition-and-Democracy.html