Aboriginal Sovereignty and the Democratic Paradox

Andrew Schaap

in The Politics of Radical Democracy

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780748633999
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652723 | DOI:
Aboriginal Sovereignty and the Democratic Paradox

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This chapter deals with the extent to which radical democracy involves simply a reworking of liberalism as opposed to its (complete) democratic transformation, exploring the relation between popular sovereignty and human rights set out by Mouffe and Habermas, and their implications for representing political claims. By way of illustration, it considers the problem of Aboriginal sovereignty. The chapter concludes that where the Habermasian assumption of co-originality operates peremptorily to prevent challenges to the terms of political association, the alternative offered by Mouffe, although more attuned to agonism, remains ensnared within liberal ideology.

Keywords: radical democracy; liberalism; democratic transformation; popular sovereignty; human rights; Aboriginal sovereignty

Chapter.  8212 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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