Politics in an Age of Distrust
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Counter-democracy by Pierre Rosanvallon
Book DescriptionDemocracy 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521713832
(216mm x 138mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 20-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Pierre Rosanvallon
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Society's wealthiest members claim an ever-expanding share of income and property - a true counter revolution, says the author, the end of the age of growing equality launched by the American and French revolutions.
Democratic Legitimacy, Hardback (July 2011)
It's a commonplace that citizens in Western democracies are disaffected with their political leaders and traditional democratic institutions. This title argues that this crisis of confidence is partly a crisis of understanding.
Counter-democracy, Hardback (November 2008)
The latest contribution to one of the most distinguished and important series in political thought in the world.
Democracy Past and Future, Paperback (July 2007)» View all books by Pierre Rosanvallon
A collection of essays on the historical origins, contemporary difficulties, and future prospects of democratic life. It examines the "pathologies" that have curtailed democracy's potential and challenges the antitotalitarian liberalism that has dominated recent political thought.
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Author Biography - Pierre Rosanvallon
Pierre Rosanvallon is Professor and Chair of modern and contemporary political history at the College de France. 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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