Title: Agonistic Democracy
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: New
A pioneering analysis of agonistic democracy, its history, central thinkers and contribution to contemporary political theory. Num Pages: 354 pages. BIC Classification: HPS; JHBA; JPA; JPHV. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational. Dimension: 229 x 152 x 19. Weight in Grams: 47. . 2015. Reprint. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781316505380
Synopsis: This pioneering book delivers a systematic account of agonistic democracy, and a much-needed analysis of the core components of agonism: pluralism, tragedy, and the value of conflict. It also traces the history of these ideas, identifying the connections with republicanism and with Greek antiquity. Mark Wenman presents a critical appraisal of the leading contemporary proponents of agonism and, in a series of well-crafted and comprehensive discussions, brings these thinkers into debate with one another, as well as with the post-structuralist and continental theorists who influence them. Wenman draws extensively on Hannah Arendt, and stresses the creative power of human action as augmentation and revolution. He also reworks Arendt's discussion of reflective judgement to present an alternative style of agonism, one where the democratic contest is linked to the emergence of a militant form of cosmopolitanism, and to prospects for historical change in the context of neoliberal globalisation.
Book Description: Agonistic Democracy presents a pioneering overview of this important strand of contemporary democratic theory. Wenman delivers a comprehensive account of the core components and the historical background of agonism, and evaluates the contributions of the leading proponents. This book offers much-needed fresh ideas about revitalising democracy in response to globalisation.
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