This book addresses the idea of radical democracy and, in particular, its poststructuralist articulation. It analyses the approach to radical democracy taken by a number of contemporary theorists and political commentators, including Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe, Judith Butler, William Connolly, Jacques Rancière, Claude Lefort, Sheldon Wolin, Michael Hardt, and Antonio Negri, and Giorgio Agamben. By examining critically the accounts of democracy advanced by these theorists, this volume explores how a more radically conceived theory of democracy might be extended in a more egalitarian and inclusive direction.
1. Rhetoric and Radical Democratic Political Theory (Alan Finlayson, Swansea)
2. Performing radical democracy (Moya Lloyd, Loughborough)
3. Aboriginal Sovereignty and the Democratic Paradox (Andrew Schaap, Exeter)
4. Judith Butler, Radical Democracy and Micro-Politics (Birgit Schippers, St Mary's, Belfast)
5. Poststructuralism, Civil Society, and Radical Democracy (James Martin, Goldsmiths)
6. Hegemony and Globalist Strategy (Mark Wenman, Nottingham)
7. Is 'Another World' Possible? Laclau, Mouffe and Social Movements (Andy Robinson and Simon Tormey, Nottingham)
8. Friends and Enemies, Slaves and Masters: Fanaticism, Wendell Phillips and the Limits of Agonism (Joel Olson, Northern Arizona)
9. The Northern Ireland Paradox (Adrian Little, Melbourne)
Conclusion (Adrian Little and Moya Lloyd)
About the Author
Moya Lloyd is Professor of Political Theory at Loughborough University. She is author of Beyond Identity Politics: Feminism, Power and Politics (Sage, 2005) and Judith Butler: From Norms to Politics (Polity, 2007). She is co-author of Political Ideologies: An Introduction (Palgrave, 2003) and Contemporary Social and Political Theory: An Introduction (Open University Press, 1998). She is co-editor of The Impact of Michel Foucault on the Social Sciences and Humanities (Macmillan, 1997).