On the Political

On the Political

Book - 2005
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On the Political is a provocative discussion of third way thinking which should be essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the challenges facing democratic politics at the start of the twenty-first century.
Chantal Mouffe brings to the fore the shortcomings of the post-political approach which argues that the adversarial model of politics has become obsolete and that it is now time to think beyond left and right. She shows how fashionable notions like partisan free democracy, cosmopolitan democracy, global civil society and good governance, refuse to acknowledge the antagonistic dimension essential to the political.
Drawing on examples such as right-wing populist parties and the new forms of terrorism that have emerged, Chantal Mouffe forcefully argues that democratic politics must have a partisan character and that we should resist the pressure to make us think in terms of right and wrong instead of right and left.
On the Political also reveals the crucial role played by passions in politics and stresses the importance of creating forms of collective identification around democratic objectives. Book jacket.
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2005
ISBN: 0415305209 (hbk. : alk. paper)
0415305217 (pbk. : alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: 320.5 MOU
Characteristics: 144 p. ; 21 cm

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