Adrian Little and Moya Lloyd

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:

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Radical democracy is characterised by its heterogeneity and, as a result, it invokes and embraces a politics of contingency and contestation. It thrives on the exposition of the exclusions, inequalities and injustices that have historically characterised democratic politics and which continue to do so. Most of the theorists subscribe in one form or another to the view that a more radically democratic politics is possible through the process of exposing and challenging the exclusionary limits of mainstream democratic theory and practice. Nonetheless, a more radical democratic politics is never conceived as the radical democratic politics because the methodological underpinnings of this theoretical stance imply that any political institutional arrangements need to be further contested to unveil exclusionary tendencies.

Keywords: democratic politics; radical democracy; democratic theory; political institutions

Chapter.  3011 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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