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Democracy in What State? (Hardcover)

Giorgio Agamben, Alain Badiou, Daniel Bensaid, Wendy Brown, Jean-Luc Nancy, Jacques Ranciere, Kristin Ross, Slavoj Zizek; Translated by William McCuaig

Series: New Directions in Critical Theory, 11

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"Is it meaningful to call oneself a democrat? And if so, how do you interpret the word?"

In responding to this question, eight iconoclastic thinkers prove the rich potential of democracy, along with its critical weaknesses, and reconceive the practice to accommodate new political and cultural realities. Giorgio Agamben traces the tense history of constitutions and their coexistence with various governments. Alain Badiou contrasts current democratic practice with democratic communism. Daniel Bensaid ponders the institutionalization of democracy, while Wendy Brown discusses the democratization of society under neoliberalism. Jean-Luc Nancy measures the difference between democracy as a form of rule and as a human end, and Jacques Ranci?re highlights its egalitarian nature. Kristin Ross identifies hierarchical relationships within democratic practice, and Slavoj Zizek complicates the distinction between those who desire to own the state and those who wish to do without it.

Concentrating on the classical roots of democracy and its changing meaning over time and within different contexts, these essays uniquely defend what is left of the left-wing tradition after the fall of Soviet communism. They confront disincentives to active democratic participation that have caused voter turnout to decline in western countries, and they address electoral indifference by invoking and reviving the tradition of citizen involvement. Passionately written and theoretically rich, this collection speaks to all facets of modern political and democratic debate.


Imprint: Columbia University Press
Country of origin: United States
Series: New Directions in Critical Theory, 11
Release date: December 2010
First published: December 2010
Authors: Giorgio Agamben • Alain Badiou • Daniel Bensaid • Wendy Brown • Jean-Luc Nancy • Jacques Ranciere (Professor) • Kristin Ross • Slavoj Zizek
Translators: William McCuaig
Dimensions: 210 x 140 x 17mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 130
ISBN-13: 978-0-231-15298-3
Languages: English
Subtitles: French
Categories: Books > Humanities > Philosophy
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Books > Humanities > Philosophy > Topics in philosophy > Social & political philosophy
Books > Philosophy > Topics in philosophy
Books > Philosophy > Topics in philosophy > Social & political philosophy
LSN: 0-231-15298-1
Barcode: 9780231152983

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