Democracy and the Politics of the Extraordinary: Max Weber, Carl Schmitt, and Hannah Arendt

Front Cover
Cambridge University Press, Jun 30, 2008 - Political Science - 338 pages
0 Reviews
Reviews aren't verified, but Google checks for and removes fake content when it's identified
Although the modern age is often described as the age of democratic revolutions, the subject of popular foundings has not captured the imagination of contemporary political thought. Most of the time, democratic theory and political science treat as the object of their inquiry normal politics, institutionalized power, and consolidated democracies. The aim of Andreas Kalyvas' study is to show why it is important for democratic theory to rethink the question of its beginnings. Is there a founding unique to democracies? Can a democracy be democratically established? What are the implications of expanding democratic politics in light of the question of whether and how to address democracy's beginnings? Kalyvas addresses these questions and scrutinizes the possibility of democratic beginnings in terms of the category of the extraordinary, as he reconstructs it from the writings of Max Weber, Carl Schmitt, and Hannah Arendt and their views on the creation of new political, symbolic, and constitutional orders.

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Other editions - View all

Bibliographic information