Radical democracy

Dahlberg, Lincoln (2012). Radical democracy. In Benjamin Isakhan and Stephen Stockwell (Ed.), The Edinburgh companion to the history of democracy (pp. 491-501) Edinburgh, Scotland: Edinburgh University Press.

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Author Dahlberg, Lincoln
Title of chapter Radical democracy
Title of book The Edinburgh companion to the history of democracy
Place of Publication Edinburgh, Scotland
Publisher Edinburgh University Press
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
ISBN 9780748640751
Editor Benjamin Isakhan
Stephen Stockwell
Chapter number 41
Start page 491
End page 501
Total pages 11
Total chapters 43
Language eng
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What is radical democracy? Karl Marx’s definition of ‘radical’, from his 1844 ‘Introduction’ to A Contribution to the Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right, states that to be radical is ‘to grasp the root of the matter’ (Marx [1844] 1970: 137). Thus, ‘radical democracy’ means to grasp or draw out the root meaning or conditions of democracy that have been obscured in its various historical appropriations. Radical democrats argue that there are two central, intertwined and historically constituted root meanings or conditions of democracy: first, the free and equal participation of ‘the people’ (the demos) in power (kratos); and, secondly, that democracy – including any of its criteria, institutions and decisions – has no grounds, justifications or guarantees outside the people, that is, outside itself. [chapter extract]
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