Distrust and Democracy

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In modern democracy, opposition and dissent are not only tolerated, but they are recognized as necessary aspects of the system. The task of the opposition in a democratic system is to express distrust. This chapter discusses several classical theories of democracy and argues that they do not conceptualize the role of institutionalized distrust in a satisfactory way. Hegel’s theory of recognition, as formulated in his Phenomenology of Spirit, provides some conceptual tools for the conceptualization of the role of opposition as the institutionalized form of distrust.

Titel på värdpublikationBetween Theory and Practice : Essays on Criticism and Crises of Democracy
RedaktörerEerik Lagerspetz, Oili Pulkkinen
Antal sidor22
FörlagPalgrave Macmillan
ISBN (tryckt)978-3-031-41396-4, 978-3-031-41399-5
ISBN (elektroniskt)978-3-031-41397-1
StatusPublicerad - 2023
MoE-publikationstypA3 Del av bok eller annan forskningsbok


NamnChallenges to Democracy in the 21st Century
VolymPart F1664
ISSN (tryckt)2946-3416
ISSN (elektroniskt)2946-3424

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