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Democratic Procedures Are Not Inherently Democratic

A Critical Analysis of John Keane's The New Despotism (Harvard University Press, 2020)

Gergana Dimova

, dissenting. They may take it to the next level and seek to overthrow the regime. This feasible perspective of democratic procedures benefiting the demos, and not the elites, is what despotisms fear the most. Their fears are justified. Mikhail Gorbachev

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Resist and Revivify

Democratic Theory in a Time of Defiance

Jean-Paul Gagnon and Emily Beausoleil

the creation of a society in which “common” individuals do not live a life that actively cultivates civil liberty. This life, as we understand it, is one that tries to lessen the fear and hatred that sometimes germinates among, and between, people

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Struggles over Expertise

Practices of Politicization and Depoliticization in Participatory Democracy

Taina Meriluoto

idea with a colleague from our local branch, they acclaimed in slight horror: “But [if we were to listen to everyone] then there's no telling what kind of ideas they might have!” The quote summarizes several fears that my colleagues held: they had

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Pluralist Democracy and Non-Ideal Democratic Legitimacy

Against Functional and Global Solutions to the Boundary Problem in Democratic Theory

Tom Theuns

, which, given the centrality of accountability to democracy, undermines the possibility of democratic government. One classic, liberal, response to a global state stems from the fear that centralizing all political power in one institution would lead to

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Jodi Dean

signs said that fear was the real virus, that COVID-19 was a “test run at socialism.” On April 30 armed white demonstrators were allowed to enter the Michigan state house. Some on the far right, including the US president, politicized masks. From the

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The Democracy of Everyday Life in Disaster

Holding Our Lives in Their Hands

Nancy L. Rosenblum

initial reactions to eerie invisible contamination. Above all, deadly unseen contamination strikes fear. The significance of home is magnified. It is a comparatively safe place from contamination and at the same time neighbors constitute a threat

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Louise Haagh

economically induced stress, enabled by the precarious employment economy. This can be defined as one in which people have to work under duress to avoid or ward against fear of redundancy, financial insecurity, or debt. According to one study, in 2016

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David Owen

living or working under conditions that make safe distancing impossible but to resist going to hospital if they contract the virus for fear of being reported to border agencies or police ( ETUC 2020 ). The plight of these figures is one indicator of the

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Peter Levine

reinforced by the rhetorical gravity of illness: Fear is a poor advisor, but it causes many things to appear that one pretended not to see. The problem is not to give opinions on the gravity of the disease, but to ask about the ethical and political

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Centralized or Decentralized

Which Governance Systems are Having a “Good” Pandemic?

Jennifer Gaskell and Gerry Stoker

Commune 2020 . . Gallagher , James 2020 . “ Coronavirus: UK changes course amid death toll fears .” BBC , March 17 . . Gash , Alison . 2016