Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism's Stealth Revolution

Wendy Brown (Author)
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Description

Neoliberal rationality -- ubiquitous today in statecraft and the workplace, in jurisprudence, education, and culture -- remakes everything and everyone in the image of homo oeconomicus. What happens when this rationality transposes the constituent elements of democracy into an economic register? In vivid detail, Wendy Brown explains how democracy itself is imperiled.

The demos disintegrates into bits of human capital; concerns with justice cede to the mandates of growth rates, credit ratings, and investment climates; liberty submits to the imperative of human capital appreciation; equality dissolves into market competition; and popular sovereignty grows incoherent. Liberal democratic practices may not survive these transformations. Radical democratic dreams may not either.

In an original and compelling theoretical argument, Brown explains how and why neoliberal reason undoes the political form and political imaginary it falsely promises to secure and reinvigorate. Through meticulous analyses of neoliberalized law, political practices, governance, and education, she charts the new common sense.

Undoing the Demos makes clear that, far from being the lodestar of the twenty-first century, a future for democracy depends upon it becoming an object of struggle and rethinking.

Product Details

Price
$18.95  $17.43
Publisher
Zone Books
Publish Date
November 24, 2017
Pages
296
Dimensions
5.9 X 0.8 X 7.9 inches | 0.8 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781935408543
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About the Author

A prize-winning examination of why nation-states wall themselves off despite widespread proclamations of global connectedness.