By Slavoj Žižek, Giorgio Agamben, Alain Badiou, Jean-Luc Nancy, Jacques Rancière, Wendy Brown, Kristin Ross, Daniel Bensaïd

"Is it significant to name oneself a democrat? And if that is so, how do you interpret the word?"

In responding to this query, 8 iconoclastic thinkers end up the wealthy power of democracy, besides its severe weaknesses, and reconceive the perform to house new political and cultural realities. Giorgio Agamben lines the stressful heritage of constitutions and their coexistence with quite a few governments. Alain Badiou contrasts present democratic perform with democratic communism. Daniel Bensaid ponders the institutionalization of democracy, whereas Wendy Brown discusses the democratization of society less than neoliberalism. Jean-Luc Nancy measures the variation among democracy as a sort of rule and as a human finish, and Jacques Rancière highlights its egalitarian nature. Kristin Ross identifies hierarchical relationships inside democratic perform, and Slavoj Zizek complicates the excellence among those that wish to personal the kingdom and those that desire to do with out it.

Concentrating at the classical roots of democracy and its altering that means through the years and inside of diverse contexts, those essays uniquely protect what's left of the left-wing culture after the autumn of Soviet communism. They confront disincentives to energetic democratic participation that experience prompted voter turnout to say no in western nations, they usually handle electoral indifference by means of invoking and reviving the culture of citizen involvement. Passionately written and theoretically wealthy, this assortment speaks to all points of recent political and democratic debate.

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As Preston suggests, post-colonial elites in ‘developing’ countries were strongly influenced by the doctrine of nationalism as a resource for modernization. Preston, Discourses of Development: State, Markets and Polity in the Analysis of Complex Change, Aldershot: Avebury, 1994, pp. 4–7. Christine Buci-Glucksmann, Gramsci and the State, London: Lawrence and Wishart, 1980, pp. 47, 111–36. It would be quite useful to draw many parallels between modern Thailand and Gramsci’s Italy, given the nature of the bourgeoisie in Thailand.

268. ) Foucault: A Critical Reader, Oxford: Blackwell, 1986, pp. 157–73, p. 160; see also Barry Smart, Foucault, Marxism and Critique, Melbourne: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1983. ) Foucault: A Critical Reader, Oxford: Blackwell, 1986, p. 160. Burchell, C. Miller (eds) The Foucault Effect: Studies in Governmentality, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991, pp. 1–52, p. 3. 70 See Barry Hindess, Discourses of Power: From Hobbes to Foucault, Oxford: Blackwell, 1996, pp. 97–113. Miller (eds) The Foucault Effect: Studies in Governmentality, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991, pp.

P. 208. Antonio Gramsci, Selections from the Prison Notebooks, London: Lawrence and Wishart, 1971, p. 268. ) Foucault: A Critical Reader, Oxford: Blackwell, 1986, pp. 157–73, p. 160; see also Barry Smart, Foucault, Marxism and Critique, Melbourne: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1983. ) Foucault: A Critical Reader, Oxford: Blackwell, 1986, p. 160. Burchell, C. Miller (eds) The Foucault Effect: Studies in Governmentality, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991, pp. 1–52, p. 3. 70 See Barry Hindess, Discourses of Power: From Hobbes to Foucault, Oxford: Blackwell, 1996, pp.

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