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“Is it meaningful to call oneself a democrat? And if so, how do you interpret the word?”
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“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.
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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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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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Books by Alain Badiou

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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.