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Counter-Democracy
Politics in an Age of Distrust

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Part of The Seeley Lectures

  • Date Published: December 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521713832

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  • Democracy is established as a generally uncontested ideal, while regimes inspired by this form of government fall under constant criticism. Hence, the steady erosion of confidence in representatives that has become one of the major political issues of our time. Amidst these challenges, the paradox remains that while citizens are less likely to make the trip to the ballot box, the world is far from entering a phase of general political apathy. Demonstrations and activism abound in the streets, in cities across the globe and on the internet. Pierre Rosanvallon analyses the mechanisms used to register a citizen's expression of confidence or distrust, and then focuses on the role that distrust plays in democracy from both a historical and theoretical perspective. This radical shift in perspective uncovers a series of practices - surveillance, prevention, and judgement - through which society corrects and exerts pressure.

    • Offers a provocative perspective on the state of contemporary global politics
    • The Seeley Lectures is an established series publishing the best in contemporary political thought
    • Pierre Rosanvallon is a world-renowned political theorist and the translator, Arthur Goldhammer, is the most eminent French translator working in the social sciences
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    • Date Published: December 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521713832
    • length: 350 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Introduction
    Part I. Overseeing Democracy:
    1. Vigilance, denunciation, evaluation
    2. The overseers
    3. The thread of history
    4. Legitimacy conflicts
    Part II. The Sovereignty of Prevention:
    5. From the right of resistance to complex sovereignty
    6. Self-critical democracies
    7. Negative politics
    Part III. The People as Judge:
    8. Historical references
    9. Almost legislators
    10. The preference for judgement
    Part IV. Unpolitical Democracy:
    11. The sense of powerlessness and symbols of depoliticization
    12. The populist temptation
    13. Lessons of unpolitical economy
    14. Conclusion: the modern mixed regime.

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  • Authors

    Pierre Rosanvallon, Collège de France, Paris
    Pierre Rosanvallon is Professor and Chair of modern and contemporary political history at the Collège de France.

    Arthur Goldhammer, Harvard University, Massachusetts
    Arthur Goldhammer, a translator specializing in French history, literature, philosophy, and social science, has translated more than a hundred works by many of France's most noted authors. He is on the editorial board of the journal French Politics, Culture and Society and in 1996 was named Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture.

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