Democracy to Come: Politics as Relational Praxis by Fred DallmayrDemocracy to Come: Politics as Relational Praxis by Fred Dallmayr

Democracy to Come: Politics as Relational Praxis

byFred Dallmayr

Hardcover | May 31, 2017

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In this book Fred Dallmayr lays the groundwork for a new understanding of democracy. He argues that democracy is not a stable system anchored in a manifest authority (like monarchy), but is sustained by the recessed and purely potential rule of the "people". Hence, democracy has to constantlyreinvent itself, resembling theologically a creatio continua. Like one of Calder's mobiles, democracy for him involves three basic elements that must be balanced constantly: the people, political leaders, and policy goals. Where this balance is disrupted, democracy derails into populism,Bonapartism, or messianism. Given this need for balance, democratic politics is basically a "relational praxis."In our globalizing age, democracy cannot be confined domestically. Dallmayr rejects the idea that it can be autocratically imposed abroad through forced regime change, or that the dominant Western model can simply be transferred elsewhere. In this respect, he challenges the equation of democracywith the pursuit of individual or collective self-interest, insisting that other, more ethical conceptions are possible and that different societies should nurture democracy with their own cultural resources. Providing examples, he discusses efforts to build democracy in the Middle East, China, andIndia (respectively with Islamic, Confucian and Hindu resources). In the end, Dallmayr's hope is for a "democracy to come", that is, a cosmopolitan community governed not by hegemonic force but by the spirit of equality and mutual respect.
Fred Dallmayr is the Packey J. Dee Professor of Philosophy and Political Science at Notre Dame University. He is the author of thirty books and editor of eighteen books, including (most recently) Integral Pluralism (Kentucky, 2010), Return to Nature (Kentucky, 2011), Border Crossings (Lexington, 2013), and Being in the World (Kentucky,...
Title:Democracy to Come: Politics as Relational PraxisFormat:HardcoverDimensions:200 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:May 31, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190670975

ISBN - 13:9780190670979

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"Democracy to Come offers a rich exploration of the various traditions that have come to shape the current discourse on what its author labels 'the major catchword of our time'. This book taps not only the western sources like Montesquieu, Tocqueville and others but also the traditions ofIndia and China, Ghandi and Confucius, as well as religious discourses from both Islam and political theology. This book makes a major contribution to what is becoming a truly global discussion of democracy." --David M. Rasmussen, Boston College, and Editor-In-Chief of Philosophy and Social Criticism