Politics in the Times of Indignation

Politics in the Times of Indignation : the Crisis of Representative Democracy

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Politics in the Times of Indignation provides a critical look at Western liberal democracies in crisis, to provide us with the theoretical tools to make sense of the political disorientation of our times.

Indispensable for understanding the present state of democratic societies, this book is a lens through which we can study numerous contemporary developments. He examines the popular indignation that has accompanied the crisis of governmental legitimacy, which is aggravated by the economic crisis in various countries and demonstrated by groups such as the Occupy Wall Street Movement in the US, Podemos in Spain, or La France Insoumise in France.

At the same time, Innerarity endeavors to offer a universal, rather than a merely circumstantial, interpretation of the transformations that are still ongoing in our political systems, as well as of those that need to be put in place in order to satisfy the expectations and rights of democratic citizenship. Politics in the Times of Indignation represents a guiding thread through political developments, as well as a conceptual tool-box for understanding the meaning of the current crisis of representation, the fate of political parties, the relation between ethics and politics, and how politics can become an intelligent enterprise.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 14.73mm | 390g
  • Bloomsbury Academic
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1350178004
  • 9781350178007

Table of contents

Introduction: politics explained to idiots

I. Who Does Politics?
1. Old and New Political Subjects
2. The End of Political Parties?
3. Politics of Recognition
4. Right to Decide?

II. The Political Condition
5. Political Time
6. Political Discourse
7. Politics of Emotions
8. The Importance of Coming to an Agreement
9. The Democratic Deception

III. Politics in Hard Times
10. The Age of Limits
11. Politics after Indignation
12. Democracy without Politics

IV. Some Platitudes
13. Democracies of Representative Proximity and Distance
14. How Much Transparency Do Our Democracies Require and Tolerate?
15. The Importance and Limits of Raising the Moral Standards of Politics
16. What Remains on the Left and Right

V. The Future of Politics
17. What is this thing called Governance?
18. Politics as an Intelligent Activity

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In this original and timely book, Daniel Innerarity implores us to rethink the "game of politics," and the concepts that we use to understand it, in order to judge it with all the severity it deserves. As he pushes against the cynics, Innerarity reminds us that political philosophy can still be done and that it matters that it is. -- Carlos Alberto Sanchez, Professor of Philosophy, San Jose State University, USA Penetrating, provocative and precise: this book is a major contribution to the evolving global debate about the future of democracy * Lord Anthony Giddens, Fellow of King's College, Cambridge and former Director of the London School of Economics, UK * Innerarity provides a thought-provoking analysis of the political culture in liberal democracies as a changing world undermines the basis of its stability. He poses important questions, and makes a powerful case for seeking answers in a politics that is an intelligent, responsive and - above all - universal activity. * Roger Mortimore, Professor of Public Opinion and Political Analysis, King's College London, UK *
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About Dr. Daniel Innerarity

Daniel Innerarity is Professor of Political and Social Philosophy and Ikerbasque researcher at the University of the Basque Country, Spain.
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