On the Future of Politics
By (author) Chantal Mouffe
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On the Future of Politics by Chantal Mouffe
Book DescriptionSince September 11th, we frequently hear that political differences should be put aside: the real struggle is between good and evil. What does this mean for political and social life? Is there a 'Third Way' beyond left and right, and if so, should we fear or welcome it? This thought-provoking book by Chantal Mouffe, a globally recognized political author, presents a timely account of the current state of democracy, affording readers the most relevant and up-to-date information. Arguing that liberal 'third way thinking' ignores fundamental, conflicting aspects of human nature, Mouffe states that, far from expanding democracy, globalization is undermining the combative and radical heart of democratic life. Going back first to Aristotle, she identifies the historical origins of the political and reflects on the Enlightenment, and the social contract, arguing that in spite of its good intentions, it levelled the radical core of political life. Contemporary examples, including the Iraq war, racism and the rise of the far right, are used to illustrate and support her theory that far from combating extremism, the quest for consensus politics undermines the ability to challenge it. These case studies are also highly effective points of reference for student revision. On the Political is a stimulating argument about the future of politics and addresses the most fundamental aspects of democracy that will aid further study.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415305204
(198mm x 129mm x 17mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 9-May-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Chantal Mouffe
Hegemony and socialist strategy, Paperback (December 2013)
With the emergence of new social and political identities, and the frequent attacks on Left theory for its essentialist underpinnings, this title remains as relevant as ever, positing a much-needed antidote against 'Third Way' attempts to overcome the antagonism between Left and Right.
Democratic Paradox, Paperback (May 2009)» View all books by Chantal Mouffe
Part of "Radical Thinkers" series, this work presents key texts by philosophers and thinkers. It offers a fresh understanding of democracy which acknowledges the inescapable and essential antagonism in its workings by one of the foremost political theorists.
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Author Biography - Chantal Mouffe
University of Westminster
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