The democratic paradox radical thinkers chantal mouffe on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers from the theory of deliberative democracy to the politics of the third way. The democratic paradox is a collection of essays by the belgian political theorist chantal mouffe published in 2000 by verso books the essays offer further discussion of the concept of radical democracy that mouffe explored in hegemony and socialist strategy co authored by ernesto laclau. In the democratic paradox chantal mouffe seeks to get to the heart of the liberal democratic projectrather than seeing liberal democracy as a stable unified historical project mouffe instead sees a contingent and often contested alliance between two distinct historical projects the democratic project based on equality and the liberal project based on liberty. The democratic paradox can one envisage how to deal with it as my disolssion of carl schmitts theses in chapter 2 makes clear democratic logics always entail drawing a frontier between us and them those who belong to the demos and those who are outside it this is the condition for the very exercise of democratic rights. The democratic paradox is chantal mouffes most accessible and illuminating study of democracys sharp edges fractures and incongruities orienting her discussion within the debates over modern liberal democracy mouffe takes aim at john rawls jurgen habermas and the consensus building of third way politics to show how their conceptions of democracy fall victim to paralyzing contradictions
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