Counter-Democracy Politics in an Age of Distrust

ISBN-10: 0521713838

ISBN-13: 9780521713832

Edition: 2008

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Democracy is established as a generally uncontested ideal, while regimes inspired by this form of government fall under constant criticism. Hence, the steady erosion of confidence in representatives that has become one of the major political issues of our time. Amidst these challenges, the paradox remains that while citizens are less likely to make the trip to the ballot box, the world is far from entering a phase of general political apathy. Demonstrations and activism abound in the streets, in cities across the globe and on the internet. Pierre Rosanvallon analyses the mechanisms used to register a citizen's expression of confidence or distrust, and then focuses on the role that distrust plays in democracy from both a historical and theoretical perspective. This radical shift in perspective uncovers a series of practices - surveillance, prevention, and judgement - through which society corrects and exerts pressure.
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List price: $35.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/20/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 350
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Arthur Goldhammer is the translator for numerous books including Neoconservatism: The Biography of a Movement, Algerian Chronicles, The Society of Equals, and Capital in the Twenty-First Century. He received the French-American Translation Prize in 1990 for his translation of A Critical Dictionary of the French Revolution.

Preface; Introduction; Part I. Overseeing Democracy: 1. Vigilance, denunciation, evaluation; 2. The overseers; 3. The thread of history; 4. Legitimacy conflicts; Part II. The Sovereignty of Prevention: 5. From the right of resistance to complex sovereignty; 6. Self-critical democracies; 7. Negative politics; Part III. The People as Judge: 8. Historical references; 9. Almost legislators; 10. The preference for judgement; Part IV. Unpolitical Democracy: 11. The sense of powerlessness and symbols of depoliticization; 12. The populist temptation; 13. Lessons of unpolitical economy; 14. Conclusion: the modern mixed regime.
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