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Moreover, Mill supported Thomas Hare's proposed electoral reforms, in which there was an (impractical) attempt to allow the free association of voters in the selection of candidates, because of the diversity of views that could be expressed in society. Moreover, given Mill's general views about independence of spirit as well as his own practice when an MP - executive dominance of parliament is hardly a logical implication of his theory. He thus provides the theoretical foundations for the representational systems identified by Bingham Powell.

Indeed, if deliberation is really an issue, it is an irony that it was Rousseau who imagined that in a true democracy the first person to speak merely says what all have felt when arriving at the general will (Rousseau, 1762, p. 247). Not much deliberation there. Despite these cOIhplications, the models of democracy are intended to be alternatives, resting on distinct assumptions and principles about such matters as the value of political participation, the role of representation, the definition of the popular will and so on.

In the next section, I consider some general features of this typology before going on to the question of whether it is possible to construct arguments that would enable us to choose among these various possibilities. Choosing Forms of Government In setting out the above typology of forms of government, I have been describing ideal-types, in Weber's (l947, p. 92) sense, namely simplified descriptions of the distinctive characteristics of each form. There is no supposition that any of these ideal-types either does exist or can exist in anything resembling these ideal forms.

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