AuthorPetkovic, Aleksandra Evelyn
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThis paper examines the very complex relationship between capitalism and democracy. While it appears that capitalism provides some necessary element for a democracy, a problem of political inequality and a possible violation of liberty can be observed in many democratic countries. I argue that this political inequality and threat to liberty are fueled by capitalism. I will analyze the ways in which capitalism works against democratic aims. This is done through first illustrating what my accepted conception of democracy is. I then continue to depict how the various problems with capitalism that I describe violate this conception of democracy. This leads me to my conclusion that while capitalism is necessary for a democracy to reach a certain needed level of independence from the state, capitalism simultaneously limits a democracy from reaching its full potential. If anything can be done to mitigate these limitations on democracy that capitalism creates can be further explored.
Degree ProgramHonors College
Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law