Democracy, Workers’ Councils, and Political Thought: What Can We Learn from Events?

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When I first grappled with the questions that would in time turn into my Edinburgh University Press book Visions of Council Democracy: Castoriadis, Lefort, Arendt, popular movements across Europe and the US, such as Occupy Wall Street and the Indignados in Spain, were protesting against the hard austerity politics following the global financial crisis of 2008-09. Although these popular movements did not succeed at establishing ‘Real Democracy Now!’, as some protesters hoped, I was left with many unresolved questions: What are genuinely democratic alternatives to liberal democracy? How to create such alternatives? What is the inspiration one can draw on to think beyond liberal democracy?
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2021
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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