The Weariness of Democracy

Confronting the Failure of Liberal Democracy

  • Obed Frausto
  • Jason Powell
  • Sarah Vitale

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Obed Frausto, Jason Powell, Sarah Vitale
    Pages 1-24
  3. Utopian Democracy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
    2. Miguel Abensour
      Pages 27-38
    3. Patrice Vermeren
      Pages 39-52
  4. Radical Democracy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. Sarah Vitale
      Pages 89-106
  5. Republican Democracy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Luis Villoro
      Pages 109-119
    3. Gabriela Rodríguez Rial
      Pages 121-136
  6. Plural Democracy

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 207-216

About this book


Liberal democracy today, having aligned itself with capitalism, is producing a generalized feeling of weariness and disillusionment with government among the citizenry of many countries.  Because of a decades-long march of globalized capitalism, economic oligarchies have gained oppressive levels of political power, and as a result, the economic needs of many people around the world have been neglected. It then becomes essential to remember that our ability to change society emerges from our power to formulate different questions; or, in this case, alternative understandings of democracy. This book draws together a variety of alternative theories of democracies in a quest to expose readers to a selection of the most exciting and innovative new approaches to politics today. The consideration of these leading alternative conceptualizations of democracy is important, as it is now common to see xenophobic and racist rhetoric using the platform of liberal democracy to threaten ideas of plurality, diversity, equality, and economic justice. In looking at four different models of democracy (utopian democracy, radical democracy, republican democracy, and plural democracy) this book argues that encounters with alternate conceptualizations of democracy is necessary if citizens and scholars are going to understand the constellation of possibilities that exist for inclusive, plural, economically equal, and just societies.


Liberal democracy radical democracy Radical politics republican democracy plural democracy utopian democracy political action hegemony emancipation ethnocriticism neoliberalism ideology sociocultural environment philosophy history globalization economic policy populism crisis

Editors and affiliations

  • Obed Frausto
    • 1
  • Jason Powell
    • 2
  • Sarah Vitale
    • 3
  1. 1.Honors CollegeBall State UniversityMuncieUSA
  2. 2.Honors CollegeBall State UniversityMuncieUSA
  3. 3.Department of Philosophy and Religious StudiesBall State UniversityMuncieUSA

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