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Democracy in What State?

ISBN-10: 023115299X

ISBN-13: 9780231152990

Edition: 2012

Authors: Giorgio Agamben, Alain Badiou, Daniel Bensaid, Wendy Brown, Jean-Luc Nancy

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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 Rancière 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.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 7/6/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Alain Badiou teaches philosophy at the Ecole normale superieure and the College international de philosphie in Paris.

Foreword by the French Publisher
Translator's Note
Introductory Note on the Concept of Democracy
The Democratic Emblem
Permanent Scandal
"We Are All Democrats Now�"
Finite and Infinite Democracy
Democracies Against Democracy
Democracy for Sale
From Democracy to Divine Violence
Notes
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