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The Politics of Radical Democracy

Edited by Adrian Little, Moya Lloyd

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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.

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Introduction (Moya Lloyd and Adrian Little)
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

Adrian Little is Associate Professor and Reader in Political Theory and Head of the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. He is author of The Political Thought of Andre Gortz (1996), Post-Industrial Socialism: Towards a New Politics of Welfare (1998), The Politics of Community: Theory and Practice (2002), Democracy and Northern Ireland: Beyond the Liberal Paradigm? (2004) and Democratic Piety: Complexity, Conflict and Violence (2008).

Moya Lloyd is Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Professor of Politics in the Department of Government at the University of Essex.