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C. B. Macpherson

Updated: Jan 30, 2020

Born: 18 November 1911 Died: 22 July 1987 Nationality: Canadian



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C. B. Macpherson was a political scientist who never had world-wide resonance. He grew up in marxist ranks but then he found his political independence. Macpherson focused on democracy issues, writing, for instance, about participatory democracy which was his biggest aim. He also recommended steps to take to achieve this goal and to reinstate the ancient meaning of "direct democracy" (demos-kratos, i.e. people power). People (who - he thought – had a natural capacity and rationality that make them behave in a supportive and positive way) should be enabled to get involved in the decision-making process. Only this way would we be able to change the world and make it a better place. In his opinion, during the transition from indirect democracy to participatory democra