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Verso 9781844673551 The Democratic Paradox smallThe Democratic Paradox is Chantal Mouffe’s most accessible and illuminating study of democracy’s sharp edges, fractures, and incongruities. Orienting her discussion within the debates over modern liberal democracy, Mouffe takes aim at John Rawls, Jürgen Habermas, and the consensus building of “third way” politics to show how their conceptions of democracy fall victim to paralyzing contradictions. Against this background, Mouffe develops a rich conception of “agonistic pluralism” that draws on Wittgenstein, Derrida, and the provocative theses of Carl Schmitt, attempting to reclaim the antagonism and conflict of radical democracy as its most vital, abiding feature.

The tenth question in our Radical Thinkers giveaway competition is:

The Democratic Paradox continues some of the issues raised in Hegemony and Socialist Strategy, written with Ernesto Laclau. Which other Verso publication does Mouffe name as pursuing these issues?


Entry to the competition for Radical Thinkers question 10 is now closed! The answer is:

The Return of the Political

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