Edmond Grace SJ’s book, Democracy and Public Happiness, was launched last week in the Rotunda of City Hall, Dublin Castle, by Eamon.
PREFACE: A reflection on the democratic process, based on the proceedings of the Dialogue on Democracy Seminar, Dublin 2004-2005
One of the hallmarks of Irish political heritage, on both sides of the Atlantic, has been a capacity to devise new and imaginative forms of opposition. The peaceful mass meeting, the boycott and the tightly disciplined party were all pioneered in Ireland and all had the same objective – to ensure that people on the margins of power had a more effective say in government. These strategies posed a direct and peaceful challenge to the political institutions of the English-speaking world and the readiness of those institutions to respond to that challenge became the measure of their democratic legitimacy. Read more »