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Counter-Democracy: Politics in an Age of Distrust (The Seeley Lectures)

Democracy 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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Author: Pierre Rosanvallon, Arthur Goldhammer,

Editor/Translator: Pierre Nora, Lawrence D. Kritzman, Arthur Goldhammer,

Binding: Hardcover

Condition: New

Manufacturer: Cambridge University Press

Number of items: 1

Number of pages: 348

Product group: Book

Studio: Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: December 22, 2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Pages: 348

EAN: 9780521886222

ISBN: 0521886228

ASIN: 0521886228

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Art Goldhammer
Writer, translator, scholar, blogger on French Politics, affiliate of Harvard's Center for European Studies, writes for The American Prospect, The Nation, etc.