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Introduction: beyond the royal science of politics

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Abstract


  • Anxieties over democracy in the post-war era, reinvigorated by

    philosophical nostalgia for the modern icons of civic engagement –

    including Jean-Jacques Rousseau, John Stuart Mill and James

    Madison – resulted in a flourishing industry of academic writing on

    political participation, especially in the English-speaking world and

    particularly in the field of political science. Almond and Verba’s

    legendary The Civic Culture (1963) and Carole Pateman’s Participation

    and Democratic Theory (1970), together with Robert Dahl’s and Seymor

    Martin Lipset’s works on democratic theory, are just a few of the most

    prominent names and different works that have become the pillars of

    a very influential clergy, which has helped circumscribe contemporary

    understandings of politics. The paradigm introduced by such thinkers

    (and supported more effervescently by republicans than by liberals) did

    not seek to replace or challenge the privileged political form that is

    ‘representative democracy’; rather, it assumed that ‘mass participation

    is the lifeblood of representative democracy’ (Norris 2002: 5), and

    identified elitism as that which impedes the reinvigoration of democratic

    regimes (see Schumpeter 1950).

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Svirsky, M. G. 2010, ''Introduction: beyond the royal science of politics'', Deleuze studies, vol. 4, no. Suppl. 1, pp. 1-6.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2334&context=artspapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/1315

Number Of Pages


  • 5

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 6

Volume


  • 4

Issue


  • Suppl. 1

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • Anxieties over democracy in the post-war era, reinvigorated by

    philosophical nostalgia for the modern icons of civic engagement –

    including Jean-Jacques Rousseau, John Stuart Mill and James

    Madison – resulted in a flourishing industry of academic writing on

    political participation, especially in the English-speaking world and

    particularly in the field of political science. Almond and Verba’s

    legendary The Civic Culture (1963) and Carole Pateman’s Participation

    and Democratic Theory (1970), together with Robert Dahl’s and Seymor

    Martin Lipset’s works on democratic theory, are just a few of the most

    prominent names and different works that have become the pillars of

    a very influential clergy, which has helped circumscribe contemporary

    understandings of politics. The paradigm introduced by such thinkers

    (and supported more effervescently by republicans than by liberals) did

    not seek to replace or challenge the privileged political form that is

    ‘representative democracy’; rather, it assumed that ‘mass participation

    is the lifeblood of representative democracy’ (Norris 2002: 5), and

    identified elitism as that which impedes the reinvigoration of democratic

    regimes (see Schumpeter 1950).

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Svirsky, M. G. 2010, ''Introduction: beyond the royal science of politics'', Deleuze studies, vol. 4, no. Suppl. 1, pp. 1-6.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2334&context=artspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/1315

Number Of Pages


  • 5

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 6

Volume


  • 4

Issue


  • Suppl. 1

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom