The Politics of Radical Democracy (Hardcover)

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The Politics of Radical Democracy (Hardcover)

By Adrian Little (Editor), Moya Lloyd (Editor)

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This book addresses the idea of radical democracy and, in particular, its poststructuralist articulation. It analyses the approach to radical democracy taken by a number of contemporary theorists and political commentators:, including Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe, Judith Butler, William Connolly, Jacques Ranci re, Claude Lefort, Sheldon Wolin, Michael Hardt, and Antonio Negri, and Giorgio Agamben. By examining critically the critiques accounts of democracy advanced by these theorists, this volume explores how a more radically conceived theory of democracy might be extended in a more egalitarian and inclusive direction.developed.The strand of radical democracy examined in this book is defined by a number of characteristics: *Democracy is conceptualised understood as a fugitive condition, being open to perpetual disruption and reinvention*The relationship between the state and civil society is regarded as the site where the open-ended 'promise' of democracy is fought out*There is an emphasis on questions of political renewal*There is a deep suspicion of identity-based political claims*Politics is conceived as either the site of or as one of the mechanisms for identity construction* Democratic politics is understood as a politics of contestation and disagreement* Democracy is regarded as always at least partially conflictual and not a means through which violence and conflict can be permanently eradicated*There is a deep suspicion of identity-based political claims*The political is assumed to be ontologically conflictual, with such conflict being understood as ultimately ineradicable from politics, though the form it takes necessarily varies from time to time and context to contextThe book clarifies the concept of radical democracy by mapping the field, and elaborates it further through a critical engagement with the works of its key proponents. In addition, it draws on the insights of radical democratic theory to explore a range of concre.
Adrian Little is Professor of Political Theory at the University of Melbourne. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia in recognition of his research in areas including political theory, democratic politics, Indigenous-settler relations and the politics of Northern Ireland. Previous books include Enduring Conflict (Bloomsbury, 2014), Democratic Piety (Edinburgh University Press, 2008), Democracy and Northern Ireland (Palgrave, 2004) and The Politics of Community (Edinburgh University Press, 2002). Moya Lloyd is Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Professor of Politics in the Department of Government at the University of Essex.
Product Details ISBN: 9780748633999
ISBN-10: 0748633995
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication Date: November 4th, 2008
Pages: 240
Language: English