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Democracy and the politics of the extraordinary : Max Weber, Carl Schmitt, and Hannah Arendt
Kalyvas, Andreas, 1967-
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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008.
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x, 326 p. ; 24 cm.
Charismatic politics and the symbolic foundations of power : Max Weber -- Revisiting Weber's concept of the political -- Charismatic politics -- Disavowing charismatic politics -- The exception and constitutional politics : Carl Schmitt -- The popular constituent sovereign and the pure theory of democratic legitimacy -- Toward a theory of democratic constitutionalism -- The extra-institutional sovereign -- Taming the extraordinary : Hannah Arendt -- Extraordinary beginnings I : Arendt's critique of Schmitt -- Extraordinary beginnings II : Arendt's response to Schmitt -- The republic of councils : beyond democracy and liberalism? -- Conclusion: A democratic theory of the extraordinary.


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Although the modern age is often described as the age of democratic revolutions, the subject of popular foundings has not captured the imagination of contemporary political thought. Most of the time, democratic theory and political science treat as the object of their inquiry normal politics, institutionalized power, and consolidated democracies. The aim of Andreas Kalyvas' study is to show why it is important for democratic theory to rethink the question of its beginnings. Is there a founding unique to democracies? Can a democracy be democratically established? What are the implications of expanding democratic politics in light of the question of whether and how to address democracy's beginnings? Kalyvas addresses these questions and scrutinizes the possibility of democratic beginnings in terms of the category of the extraordinary, as he reconstructs it from the writings of Max Weber, Carl Schmitt, and Hannah Arendt and their views on the creation of new political, symbolic, and constitutional orders.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
List of Abbreviationsp. ix
Introduction: The Extraordinary and Political Theoryp. 1
I Charismatic Politics and the Symbolic Foundations of Power: Max Weberp. 17
1 Revisiting Weber's Concept of the Politicalp. 29
2 Charismatic Politicsp. 46
3 Disavowing Charismatic Politicsp. 65
II The Exception and Constitutional Politics: Carl Schmittp. 79
4 The Popular Constituent Sovereign and the Pure Theory of Democratic Legitimacyp. 88
5 Toward a Theory of Democratic Constitutionalismp. 127
6 The Extra-Institutional Sovereignp. 163
III Taming the Extraordinary: Hannah Arendtp. 187
7 Extraordinary Beginnings I: Arendt's Critique of Schmittp. 194
8 Extraordinary Beginnings II: Arendt's Response to Schmittp. 232
9 The Republic of Councils: Beyond Democracy and Liberalism?p. 254
Conclusion: A Democratic Theory of the Extraordinaryp. 292
Bibliographyp. 301
Indexp. 321