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The End of Representative Politics, Revisited

Simon Tormey and Jean-Paul Gagnon

representation, election, and mass political parties? Tormey: Representation is a concept I got very interested in about 10 years ago. In an earlier paper, when I was writing about representation, I termed it a “ pharmakon ,” which is a Greek term from which we

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Neoliberalism, the Left and the Rise of the Far Right

On the Political and Ideological Implications of Capitalism's Subordination of Democracy

Costas Panayotakis

popular, at that time, representative of the second strategy, as ‘[t]he new pied piper of Hellas,’ a ‘leftist rabble rouser with keen political instincts and few scruples,’ and as living proof of the tendency of Greeks, ever since the Peloponnesian war

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On Two Anti-Democratic Uses of Sortition

Filimon Peonidis

Ancient Greeks used sortition as a legitimate method for filling public offices from a wide pool of citizens who all met certain formal and substantial requirements. They also used the same method to match objects to persons and persons to persons

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Reflections on the Meaning of the “Crisis of Democracy”

Nadia Urbinati

state of health, or the normative or functional status of a body or a regime in relation to which we detect changes. The Oxford English Dictionary includes a second set of meanings of the Greek word krisis as decision deriving from krinein , meaning

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Assessing Democracy In Vitro, In Vivo, and In Actu and the Role of Democratic Theory Today

Anastasia Deligiaouri and Jane Suiter

task already undertaken successfully by ancient Greek philosophers and, in particular, Aristotle. For Aristotle freedom and equality form the basic components of democracy in comparison with other regimes (1975: D1292b 20–45). Ancient Athenian democracy

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Democracies and Their Crises Reconsidered

Wolfgang Merkel and Jean-Paul Gagnon

Greece, or 1973 Chile. But often those democratic regimes do not collapse but transform into what I call defective democracies ( Merkel 2004) . That is the case of Venezuela since Hugo Chavez came into power, or Ecuador under Raphael Corea, Bolivia under

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Globalizing the Intellectual History of Democracy

Samuel Moyn and Jean-Paul Gagnon

for most of human history – as the tradition of Western thought shows clearly, to the extent it was contemplated it was normally to be dismissed, a brief Greek experiment aside. In modern times, it became a more universal aspiration, with not just

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Common Democracy

Political Representation beyond Representative Democracy

Alexandros Kioupkiolis

sociopolitical transformation. This is where the importance of the 2011 democratic uprisings becomes evident (e.g., the Arab Spring, Occupy, and Indignados movements—especially those witnessed in Spain and Greece). These were “leaderless resistance movement

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Resist and Revivify

Democratic Theory in a Time of Defiance

Jean-Paul Gagnon and Emily Beausoleil

Greek Context. ” Government and Information Quarterly 32 ( 1 ): 12 – 29 . 10.1016/j.giq.2014.11.004 Stoker , Gerry , and Mark Evans . “ The ‘Democracy-Politics Paradox’: The Dynamics of Political Alienation .” Democratic Theory 1 ( 2 ): 26

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John Dewey between Participatory Democracy and Direct Action

A Commentary on Jeff Jackson

William R. Caspary

Liberalism . New York : W. W. Norton . Sitrin , Marina , and Dario Azzellini . 2014 . They Can’t Represent Us! Reinventing Democracy from Greece to Occupy . London : Verso . Stears , Marc . 2010 . Demanding Democracy: American Radicals in Search