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The Democratic Paradox (Radical Thinkers) (original 2005; edition 2009)

by Chantal Mouffe (Author)

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From the theory of deliberative democracy to the politics of the third way, the present zeitgeist is characterized by attemps to deny what the author contends is the inherently conflictual nature of democratic institutions.
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Title:The Democratic Paradox (Radical Thinkers)
Authors:Chantal Mouffe (Author)
Info:Verso (2009), Edition: 59167th, 156 pages
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Another solid contribution from Chantal Mouffe. Approaches the notion of liberal democracy by way of the concept of paradox, due to the fundamental, constitutive tension (and mutual "contamination" as she puts it) between democracy and liberalism.
Mouffe argues that, contrary to the current "third way" type of politics that claims to have eschewed right- and left-wing as political categories--that claims to have gone beyond political conflict, there is in fact a need to recognize the inherently conflictual nature of democratic politics, and that attempts to sidestep it are bad for democracies.

One particularly interesting insight from Mouffe is that, with regard to the inherent agonism of (liberal?) democracies, not just the neo-liberal, third wave folks but also the pomo, fuzzy thinking leftitsts of today have it wrong, because while they recognize and even valorize "confrontation with the other" or even "infinite controntation with the other", they see such interaction as possible without actual conflict, without antagonism which, Mouffe argues, is essential to politics.

The one disappointing thing about this book is that it seems basically to just build on and re-iterate themes from The Return of the Political, without really introducing anything very new. ( )
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