The democratic paradox

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Verso, 2000 - 143 páginas
From the theory of 'deliberative democracy' to the politics of the 'third way', the present Zeitgeist is characterized 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.

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Democracy Power and The Political
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Carl Schmitt and the Paradox of Liberal Democracy
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Wittgenstein Political Theory and Democracy
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Chantal Mouffe is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster. Her previous books include The Return of the Political; Hegemony and Socialist Strategy (with Ernesto Laclau); The Dimensions of Radical Democracy; and The Challenge of Carl Schmitt, all from Verso.

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