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Responsibility as a Founding Principle of Democracy

According to the recipe of constitutional democracy, there is no power
without responsibility. Appearing first under a penal and arbitrary
form, the responsibility of ministers has gradually become political
and regulated, resignation replacing decapitation. Responsible and
sometimes guilty, the rulers seem to enjoy a degree of immunity which
leads public opinion to turn to judges in order to force the rulers to
account for their action. Neither “party democracy”, nor “public opinion
democracy”, seem to be able to revive a principle that used to be
efficient against absolutism, but has been neutralized by the increasing
professionalization of politics. The challenge for modern democracies
is therefore to find a political solution to the crisis of politics.

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Référence électonique : Christian BIDÉGARAY, "Responsibility as a Founding Principle of Democracy", Pouvoirs, revue française d’études constitutionnelles et politiques, n°92, 92 - La responsabilité des gouvernants, p.5-16 . Consulté le 2019-11-20 06:25:59 . URL : https://revue-pouvoirs.fr/Responsibility-as-a-Founding.html