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Whenever democratic theory makes its normative point about equality in society (Dahl 1989, 323ff.), it rests mostly on a moral appeal that is unconvincing because of its essential point that democratic procedures by themselves have an equalising effect

- Swiss Democracy by Wolf Linder

This sentence has three "it". The first and second one refers to "democratic theory", but I'm confised about the third one. Does it refers to "democratic theory" or to "moral appeal"?

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    the "moral appeal"
    – Levente
    Commented Feb 11, 2021 at 8:23

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Whenever [[ democratic theory ]] makes (( [[ its ]] normative point )) about equality in society, (( it )) rests mostly on {{ a moral appeal }} that is unconvincing because of {{ its }} essential point that democratic procedures by themselves have an equalising effect


  • ...its normative point about equality
    • refers to democratic theory

  • ...it rests mostly on ...
    • refers to the normative point that (the) democratic theory makes

  • ...its essential point that
    • refers to a moral appeal that is unconvincing

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