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Radical Democracy and Political Theology

Jeffrey Robbins


Alexis de Tocqueville once wrote that “the people reign over the American political world like God over the universe,” unwittingly casting democracy as the political instantiation of the death of God. According to this book, Tocqueville's assessment remains an apt observation of modern democratic power, which does not rest with a sovereign authority but operates as a diffuse social force. By linking radical democratic theory to a contemporary fascination with political theology, the book envisions the modern experience of democracy as a social, cultural, and political force transforming the na ... More

Keywords: democracy, democratic power, radical democratic theory, political theology, network power, fugitive democracy, postsecular politics, radical theology, Carl Schmitt

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780231156363
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231156363.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey Robbins, author