The Democratic Paradox

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  • Author:  Chantal Mouffe
  • Year: 18-03-2013
  • Translator from English: Elitsa Stanoeva
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  • Product Code:  1076-01
  • SKU: 05.0029
  • ISBN: 978-619-152-181-4
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From the theory of “deliberative democracy” to the politics of the “third way,” the present Zeitgeist is characterised by an attempt to negate the inherently conflictual nature of democratic politics. Political thought and practice are stifled by a misconceived search for consensus and the promotion of a bland social unanimity which, as Chantal Mouffe shows, far from being the sign of progress, constitute a serious threat for democratic institutions. Indeed, in many countries, this ‘consensus of the centre’ is providing a platform for the growth of populist right-wing parties which, by presenting themselves as the only ‘anti-establishment’ forces, are trying to occupy the terrain of contestation deserted by the left.

Taking issue with the work of John Rawls and Jurgen Habermas on one side, and with the tenets of the third way as practiced by Tony Blair and theorised by Anthony Giddens on the other, Mouffe brings to the fore the paradoxical nature of modern liberal democracy. Against those who affirm that, with the demise of the left/right divide, antagonism has been eliminated from contemporary post-industrial societies and that an all-inclusive politics has become possible, she argues that the category of the ‘adversary’ plays a central role in the very dynamics of modern democracy. Drawing on the work of Wittgenstein and Derrida, and engaging with the provocative theses of Carl Schmitt, she proposes a new understanding of democracy in terms of ‘agonistic pluralism’ which acknowledges the ineradicability of antagonism and the impossibility of a final resolution of conflicts.

About the Author

Chantal Mouffe

Chantal Mouffe

Chantal Mouffe (born 17 June 1943) is a Belgian political theorist, currently teaching at the University of Westminster. She is best known for her contribution to the development—jointly with Ernesto ... Read more

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Tags: Political Science & Politics

Year 18-03-2013
Translator from English: Elitsa Stanoeva
Pages 136
Size 140/215 мм
Weight 0.267 kg
Cover Type Hardcover
Genre Political Science & Politics

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