Democracy Past and Future : Selected Essays.

Rosanvallon, Pierre.
New York : Columbia University Press, 2007.
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Democracy Past and Future is the first English-language collection of Pierre Rosanvallon's most important essays on the historical origins, contemporary difficulties, and future prospects of democratic life. One of Europe's leading political thinkers, Rosanvallon proposes in these essays new readings of the history, aims, and possibilities of democratic theory and practice, and provides unique theoretical understandings of key moments in democracy's trajectory, from the French Revolution and the struggles for universal suffrage to European unification and the crises of the present. In so doing, he lays out an influential new theory of how to write the history of politics. Rosanvallon's historical and philosophical approach examines the "pathologies" that have curtailed democracy's potential and challenges the antitotalitarian liberalism that has dominated recent political thought. All in all, he adroitly combines historical and theoretical analysis with an insistence on the need for a new form of democracy. Above all, he asks what democracy means when the people rule but are nowhere to be found. Throughout his career, Rosanvallon has resisted simple categorization. Rosanvallon was originally known as a primary theorist of the "second left", which hoped to stake out a non-Marxist progressive alternative to the irresistible appeal of revolutionary politics. In fact, Rosanvallon revived the theory of "civil society" even before its usage by East European dissidents made it globally popular as a non-statist politics of freedom and pluralism. His ideas have been shaped by a variety of influences, ranging from his work with an influential French union to his teachers François Furet and Claude Lefort. Well known throughout Europe as a historian, political theorist, social critic, and public intellectual, Pierre Rosanvallon was recently elected to a
professorship at the Collège de France, Paris, a position held at various times by Claude Lévi-Strauss, Michel Foucault, and Pierre Bourdieu. Democracy Past and Future begins with Rosanvallon's groundbreaking and synthetic lecture that he delivered upon joining this institution. Throughout the volume, Rosanvallon illuminates and invigorates contemporary political and democratic thought.
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INTRODUCTION: Antitotalitarianism and After, Samuel Moyn
Part I. The Study of Politicsin History
CHAPTER 1. Inaugural Lecture, Collège de France
CHAPTER 2. Toward a Philosophical History of the Political
Part II. The Voluntarist Drive to Unity
CHAPTER 3. Revolutionary Democracy
CHAPTER 4. The Republic of Universal Suffrage
Part III: The Allure of Rationalism
CHAPTER 5. François Guizot and the Sovereignty of Reason
CHAPTER 6. Political Rationalism and Democracy in France
Part IV: Civil Society
CHAPTER 7. The Market, Liberalism, and Anti-liberalism
CHAPTER 8. Marx and Civil Society
Part V: The Future of Democracy
CHAPTER 9. From the Past to the Future of Democracy
CHAPTER 10. The Transformation of Democracy and the Future of Europe
POSTSCRIPT: Democracy in an Era of Distrust
Bibliography of Pierre Rosanvallon's Principal Writings
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Moyn, Samuel.
Moyn, Samuel.
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