The Evolution of Post-Democracy

E-Mail Adresse für Einreichungen: selk@pg.tu-darmstadt.de
Deadline: 31.07.2022
Call-Bezeichnung: Call for Papers
Ort: Coimbra, Portugal
Datum: 20.10.2022
Uhrzeit: 09:00 Uhr
Ende: 21.10.2022 18:00
Veranstaltende Institution: University of Coimbra Institute for Legal Research

According to Colin Crouch’s influential essay on post-democracy, formal democratic institutions are still existing but have lost democratic substance. His post-democracy thesis holds that severe socio-economic cum political transformations have undermined the structural conditions of democratic will-formation, legitimization, and policymaking. Democratic regimes seem to be stuck in a transitional phase: they ceased to be democratic, but have not yet transformed into a novel regime type. In a similar vein, other authors have applied Gramsci’s concept of “interregnum” to our current predicament. However, by adhering to this diagnosis, the post-democracy discourse has so far overlooked alternative forms and practices of politics and law making that are evolving in the ongoing socio-political evolution. More than 20 years after Colin Crouch, Chantal Mouffe, Jacques Rancière, and Sheldon Wolin introduced the term post-democracy, we should ask which novel tendencies and alternative models of policy-making and legitimizing politics have already developed or are in the process of emerging. This is all the more necessary given that in the context of the Covid-pandemic, the rise of populism and populist regimes, and the wake of ongoing economic and ecological crises, the practical and theoretical search for alternatives to democracy and novel forms of governing is intensifying. Against this background, the workshop seeks to explore different facets of the evolution of post-democracy.

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