Living under Post-Democracy: Citizenship in Fleetingly Democratic Times

1st Edition

Caleb R. Miller

March 18, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 144 Pages
ISBN 9780367322342 - CAT# 312751
Series: Routledge Advances in Democratic Theory

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When money equates to power and the system is rigged in favor of wealthy elites, why do we still pretend we are living in a democracy? In Living under Post-Democracy, Caleb R. Miller challenges us to admit what we already know: that most of us are effectively powerless over the political decisions that govern our lives. Instead, we should embrace a "post-democratic" view of politics, one which recognizes the way in which our political institutions fail—both systematically and historically—to live up to our democratic ideals, while also acknowledging our tragic, yet enduring attachment to them both.

Offering a new framework for conceptualizing contemporary citizenship, Miller explores how a post-democratic perspective can help us begin to reorient ourselves in our paradoxical, fractured political landscape. This model of citizenship opens the possibility for a distinctly post-democratic approach to both political participation and political philosophy, treating them not as ways of affecting politics, but as opportunities for therapeutically engaging with the ongoing challenges and inevitable frustrations of post-democratic life.

This book is an excellent addition to courses on democratic theory, as well as introductory courses to political theory.


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