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The Theories, Concepts and Practices of Democracy

Liberal Democracy in Crisis

Rethinking Resistance under Neoliberal Governmentality

Authors: Toplišek, Alen

  • Provides a theoretical and analytical study in the contemporary crisis of liberal democracy
  • Engages with the democratic challenges encountered by the post-2011 protest movements
  • Is attentive to both history and the role of ideology in shaping structures of power
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This book rethinks resistance against neoliberalism in the context of the crisis of Western liberal democracy and the rise of new radical left parties in Europe. Drawing upon a wide range of methodological approaches in contemporary political and social theory, it explores how the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis represents the opening of possibilities for resistance and examines the structural hurdles facing radical politics in effectively challenging neoliberalism. The author challenges the dominant conceptions of democratic politics by critically interrogating the role of liberalism in the depoliticisation of governing and the neoliberal restructuring of the democratic role of the state. The trajectory of new radical left parties in Slovenia, Greece and Spain is used to demonstrate the need to overcome the binary divide between institutional politics and resistance in radical political theory and practice.

About the authors

Alen Toplišek is Teaching Fellow at SOAS, University of London, UK. His research examines the impact of social movements and political ideas on the political and economic governance structures in contemporary democracies. He has published in a variety of academic and popular outlets.  

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“Liberal democracy currently experiences a multi-level crisis. Within the emerging post-democratic context, radical politics has re-appeared as a potent force internationally. How can we genealogically grasp the relationship between economics and politics, resistance and institutional politics? How do resistance movements challenge neoliberal governmentality? Where does resistance fail and how can movements and radical parties reconstruct their potential as agents of true change? Alen Toplišek offers a detailed analysis of our theoretico-political predicament, thoroughly charting the conditions of possibility for effective resistance. Employing a variety of  dynamic theoretical resources, he advances a sophisticated agonistic reconceptualisation of democratic politics, crucial for the years to come.” (Yannis Stavrakakis, Professor, School of Political Sciences, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)

 

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Toplišek, Alen

    Pages 1-18

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  • Understanding the Crisis of Liberal Democracy and Rethinking Democratic Politics

    Toplišek, Alen

    Pages 19-54

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  • Understanding (Neo)liberalism: The Relationship Between the Liberal State and Free Market Capitalism

    Toplišek, Alen

    Pages 55-85

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  • Crisis: Critique, Temporality, and Trauma

    Toplišek, Alen

    Pages 87-123

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  • Politics and Resistance As Power

    Toplišek, Alen

    Pages 125-161

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Buy this book

eBook 59,49 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-97937-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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Hardcover 72,79 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-97936-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Liberal Democracy in Crisis
Book Subtitle
Rethinking Resistance under Neoliberal Governmentality
Authors
Series Title
The Theories, Concepts and Practices of Democracy
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-97937-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-97937-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-97936-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 214
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