Hegemony and Globalist Strategy

Mark Wenman

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:
Hegemony and Globalist Strategy

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This chapter examines the notion of global civil society. It aims to develop a theory of radical democracy able to address globalisation, and particularly what Hardt and Negri identify as the new forms of power associated with it. Critical of Mouffe's approach to world politics, the discussion turns to Laclau and, in particular, his idea of hegemony. Developed in the context of domestic politics, however, this notion assumes the idea of an ‘historical bloc’, a concept inappropriate at global level. In an original turn, the chapter argues that what is required is an understanding of hegemony as ‘event’, centred on the hegemonisation of ‘empty signifiers’ such as human rights or global justice. It ends by exploring briefly how the media might be pivotal in generating such global ‘events’.

Keywords: radical democracy; globalisation; hegemony; domestic politics; human rights; global justice

Chapter.  8478 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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