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The Resource Democracy disfigured : opinion, truth, and the people, Nadia Urbinati

Democracy disfigured : opinion, truth, and the people, Nadia Urbinati

Label
Democracy disfigured : opinion, truth, and the people
Title
Democracy disfigured
Title remainder
opinion, truth, and the people
Statement of responsibility
Nadia Urbinati
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Urbinati identifies three types of democratic disfiguration: the unpolitical, the populist, and the plebiscitarian. Each undermines a crucial division that a well-functioning democracy must preserve: the wall separating the free forum of public opinion from the governmental institutions that enact the will of the people. Unpolitical democracy delegitimizes political opinion in favor of expertise. Populist democracy radically polarizes the public forum in which opinion is debated. And plebiscitary democracy overvalues the aesthetic and nonrational aspects of opinion. For Urbinati, democracy entails a permanent struggle to make visible the issues that citizens deem central to their lives. Opinion is thus a form of action as important as the mechanisms that organize votes and mobilize decisions.--
  • In Democracy Disfigured, Nadia Urbinati diagnoses the ills that beset the body politic in an age of hyper-partisanship and media monopolies and offers a spirited defense of the messy compromises and contentious outcomes that define democracy. Urbinati identifies three types of democratic disfiguration: the unpolitical, the populist, and the plebiscitarian. Each undermines a crucial division that a well-functioning democracy must preserve: the wall separating the free forum of public opinion from the governmental institutions that enact the will of the people. Unpolitical democracy delegitimizes political opinion in favor of expertise. Populist democracy radically polarizes the public forum in which opinion is debated. And plebiscitary democracy overvalues the aesthetic and nonrational aspects of opinion. For Urbinati, democracy entails a permanent struggle to make visible the issues that citizens deem central to their lives. Opinion is thus a form of action as important as the mechanisms that organize votes and mobilize decisions. Urbinati focuses less on the overt enemies of democracy than on those who pose as its friends: technocrats wedded to procedure, demagogues who make glib appeals to "the people," and media operatives who, given their preference, would turn governance into a spectator sport and citizens into fans of opposing teams. --Provided by publisher
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Publisher's website
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1955-
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Urbinati, Nadia
Dewey number
321.8
Index
index present
LC call number
JC423
LC item number
.U774 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Democracy
  • Democracy
  • Populism
  • Democracy
  • Democracy
  • Populism
Label
Democracy disfigured : opinion, truth, and the people, Nadia Urbinati
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
  • Democracy's diarchy
  • Unpolitical democracy
  • The populist power
  • The plebiscite of the audience and the politics of passivity
  • Conclusion
Control code
840460751
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
307 pages
Isbn
9780674725133
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2013014795
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
(OCoLC)840460751
Label
Democracy disfigured : opinion, truth, and the people, Nadia Urbinati
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
  • Democracy's diarchy
  • Unpolitical democracy
  • The populist power
  • The plebiscite of the audience and the politics of passivity
  • Conclusion
Control code
840460751
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
307 pages
Isbn
9780674725133
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2013014795
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
(OCoLC)840460751

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