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Democracy in What State?

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==Book Description==
“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 Žižek ]] 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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