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The Democratic Paradox

The Democratic Paradox 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 Poli

  • Title: The Democratic Paradox
  • Author: Chantal Mouffe
  • ISBN: 9781859842799
  • Page: 482
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 fro consensus and the promotion of a bland social unanimity which, as Chantal Mouffe shows, far from beingFrom 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 fro 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 practised 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.

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    1. Una interesante, lógica y bastante teórica discusión en torno algunos de los elementos constitutivos de la democracias moderna. Mouffé a través de diferentes ensayos establece puntos de vista claros /teóricos, sobre los postulados de Habermars y Schmitt, para ir develando, lo que desde su punto de vista se vuelve en una paradoja democrática.

    2. After having read this book I don't feel I've found out much more about Mouffe's thougts on democracy than I had already gathered from various sources before. The essays seem to be repetitive versions of the same ideas and reading one should be enough - I don't see why they all needed to come together to constitute a book.Though I agree with her on most points, especially the vital necessity of envisioning a different conception of democracy, I find her argumentation slightly elusive. I am havin [...]

    3. Πολυ καλο βιβλιο για το θεμα της ελλειματικης δημοκρατιας των αρχων του 21ου αιωνα με αμεση προβολη και στη παρουσα κατασταση της νεοφιλελευθερης ηγεμονιας μετα την οικονομικη κρίση. Η κριτική που ασκείται τόσο στον Ρωλς όσο και στον Σμίτ βρίσκει τα κενά στις θεωρίες που έχ [...]

    4. This book presents a branch of political theory I had never been exposed to before, and it is well argued and written. The central premise of Mouffe's position (via Schmidtt) is that there is a fundamental conflict between liberalism and democracy; in fact, liberal democracy is constituted and defined by this conflict. Consensus is impossible. Unlike Schmidtt, she does not take this to mean that liberal democracy is going to fail.I agree with a lot of Mouffe's descriptions of the modern State, b [...]

    5. Un trabajo muy importante que nos recuerda la importancia de la división derecha / izquierda en el espectro político y la paradoja que implica el reconciliar los valores del liberalismo con aquellos de la democracia, en lo que hoy en día llamamos la democracia liberal. El punto mas importante es que nos recuerda que hoy mas que nunca existe espacio para la radicalización es decir para buscar expresiones fuera del consenso que excluye todo fuera del centro o fuera de lo que considera racional [...]

    6. This book lays a very good framework for explaining the struggles any democracy has in discovering the balance between liberty and equality. Sections of this book are difficult to understand because they are in direct response or in critique of several other authors that are not commonly known to the average American reader. I would suggest that if you wish to fully understand Mouffe's arguments and ideas that you also read the other authors she alludes to.

    7. The 4 stars out of 5 is appropriate. This book is quite observant and insightful until about page 98, when Mouffe takes her well-founded description of the problem and offers a very weak and ineffective solution. I feel that for the study of the decline of democracy and classical liberalism this book is very useful, while its solutions to the problem are useless.

    8. This book may be over my head, and while I'm finding it interesting, I need to downsize my reading to either the essentials or the pleasures, and this one isn't either. May return to it later, or may find something else that looks at the same topic in a more readable and illuminating fashion.

    9. A difficult read, as philosphy often is, but this is an interesting argument about the role and structure of democratic society that uses interesting source material.

    10. This book is dead on! Accurate description of the evolution of democracy and some concrete suggestions onhow it should proceed going forward

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