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Agonistički pristup raspravama o budućnosti demokratije u Evropi
An Agonistic Approach to Debates on the Future of Democracy in Europe

Author(s): Biljana Đorđević
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Political Theory, EU-Accession / EU-DEvelopment
Published by: Univerzitet Donja Gorica
Keywords: agonistic democracy; left-wing populism; people; Chantal Mouffe; Ernesto Laclau

Summary/Abstract: The paper addresses the issue of complementarity between theoretical construct of agonistic democracy and left-wing populism in the works of Chantal Mouffe. Left-wing populism strategy has been implemented by Syriza, Podemos and France Insoumise. One of the premises of left-wing populism is that the radical right has been a front runner in offering an alternative to the alienated post-political and post-democratic political system claiming that it brings politics back to the people (e. g. FPÖ in Austria, Front National in France). This is one of the reasons why agonists advocate the return of the politics that establishes a clear political frontier (left-wing populism v. right-wing populism) so that the conditions for agonistic contestation and democratic alternatives can be created as well as that democratic actors can be encouraged to engage in the struggle over power and occupation of the political institutions.

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 9-29
  • Page Count: 21
  • Language: Serbian