Agonistic democracy

Mark Wenman*

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This pioneering book delivers a systematic account of agonistic democracy, and a much-needed analysis of the core components of agonism: Pluralism, tragedy, and the value of conflict. it also traces the history of these ideas, identifying the connections with republicanism and with Greek antiquity. Mark Wenman presents a critical appraisal of the leading contemporary proponents of agonism and, in a series of well-crafted and comprehensive discussions, brings these thinkers into debate with one another, as well as with the post-structuralist and continental theorists who influence them. Wenman draws extensively on Hannah Arendt, and stresses the creative power of human action as augmentation and revolution. He also reworks Arendt's discussion of reflective judgement to present an alternative style of agonism, one where the democratic contest is linked to the emergence of a militant form of cosmopolitanism, and to prospects for historical change in the context of neoliberal globalisation.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages334
ISBN (Electronic)9780511777158
ISBN (Print)9781107003729
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013

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Publisher Copyright:
© Mark Wenman 2013.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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