Democracy in the South

Participation, the State and the People

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Traditionally, studies on democracy have focused on the orthodox so-called Northern models of democratic governance, and within this framework, the extent to which Southern models are considered democratic. Democracy in the South is the first truly international collaboration that draws attention to the complex problems of democratic consolidation across the majority world. Nine case studies, three each from Africa, Latin America and Asia, shed light on the contemporary challenges faced by democratizing countries, mostly from the perspective of emerging theorists working in their home countries.



Consensus or conflict? The problem of an anti-political imagery of democracy in contemporary Argentina

This chapter aims to analyse the political imagery which supports the idea of what democracy in contemporary Argentina is. The analysis shows that we are facing an “anti-political” imagery of democracy, according to the theoretical keys proposed by Chantal Mouffe. Argentinian democratic imagery is “anti-political” in a double sense: on the one hand, democracy is reduced to its procedural principles, excluding social demands as “anti-democratic”; on the other hand, the distinction between opponents, friends and enemies is blurred in a dangerous frontier dominated by a superficial concept of pluralism which is hegemonic.


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