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The Right to Politics and Republican Non-Domination

Azmanova, Albena (2015) The Right to Politics and Republican Non-Domination. Philosophy and Social Criticism, 42 (4-5). pp. 465-475. ISSN 0191-4537. E-ISSN 1461-734X. (doi:10.1177/0191453715623394)

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Abstract

Against pronouncements of the recent demise of both democracy and the political, I maintain that there is, rather, something amiss in our societies with the process of politicization in which social grievances are translated into matters of political concern and become object of policy making. I therefore propose to seek an antidote to the depoliticizing tendencies of our age by reanimating the mechanism transmitting social conflicts and grievances into politics. To that purpose, I formulate the notion of a ‘fundamental right to politics’ as the opposite of the techne of policy-making. I articulate this right via a reconstruction of the logical presuppositions of democracy as collective self-authorship. I then recast the concept of non-domination by discerning two trajectories of domination – ‘relational’ and ‘systemic’ ones, to argue that in a viable democracy that takes full use of the right to politics, dynamics of politicization should take place along both trajectories; currently, however, matters of systemic injustice get translated in relational terms and politicized as redistributive concerns.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/0191453715623394
Uncontrolled keywords: Key words: protest, non-domination, neoliberalism, democracy, rights
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations > Centre for Critical Thought
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Albena Azmanova
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2016 14:37 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 17:29 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/55986 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)

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