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Radical Democracy and Its Limits

Authors: Matijasevich, David

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  • Subjects the theory of radical democracy (sometimes known as agonistic pluralism) to an empirical test of its viability
  • Fills a gap in existing literature on the analysis of radical democracy's real-world manifestations rather than its theoretical weaknesses 
  • Considers 4 historical case studies: Croatia 1990-1995, Thailand 2005-2014, Singapore 1945-1970 and France 1968
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Over the last several decades, many political theorists have touted the banner of “radical democracy” to view the agonistic—that is, non-coercive—struggle against power as the correct way forward for progressive political actors, rather than the antagonistic acquisition or use of it. The belief that such engagements respect the political equality of all and are thus more democratic lies at the heart of this trend; and yet, recent developments have shown that events with such agonistic beginnings, such as Occupy, the Arab Spring, and Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement have the clear potential of ending antagonistically. Comparing four historical cases of popular uprising that fluctuated between agonistic and antagonistic moments, this book establishes the circumstances under which such agonistic engagements with power can both take off and persist. Revealing the many limitations that agonistic politics is shown to face, Radical Democracy and its Limits makes a needed intervention into contemporary democratic theory and argues that radical democracy should not be held up as a model for those pursuing a more egalitarian future. 


About the authors

David Matijasevich is Instructor in the Department of Political Science at Simon Fraser University, Canada. He received his PhD in Political Science from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada in 2015. His interests lie at the crossroads of comparative politics and political theory, particularly contemporary democratic theory and practice and state-civil society relations.

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Radical Democracy and Its Limits offers an original insight into the workings of agonistic politics. Underpinned by a rigorous historical and sociological methodology, Matijasevich’s book sheds new light on the radical democratic/agonistic pluralist commentators—Mouffe, Connolly, Honig and Rancière—it addresses.” (Adrian Little, Professor, Political Theory, The University of Melbourne, Australia )

“Ambitious yet accessibly written, this book is a novel and much-needed intervention that offers a carefully elaborated argument on the empirical viability of the radical democratic framework.” (Katarzyna Jezierska, Lecturer, Department of Law, Economics, Statistics, and Politics, University College West, Sweden)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Radical Democracy and Its Antagonism Problem

    Pages 1-28

    Matijasevich, David

  • Thought and Action: The Theoretical Bases of Radical Democratic Agonism

    Pages 29-56

    Matijasevich, David

  • From Protest to War: Agonism and Antagonism in HDZ Croatia

    Pages 57-84

    Matijasevich, David

  • Red vs. Yellow: Organic Crisis and the Radical Democratic Politics of Thailand

    Pages 85-123

    Matijasevich, David

  • Radically Open to Radically Closed: The End of Agonism in Post-Colonial Singapore

    Pages 125-169

    Matijasevich, David

Buy this book

eBook $44.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-23014-2
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $84.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-23013-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Radical Democracy and Its Limits
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-23014-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-23014-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-23013-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 308
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