Post-Democracy: A Survey of the Debate in the Global North and South

New School for Social Research: Sociology

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)


Spring 2019

Taught By: Carlos Forment and Andreas Kalyvas

Section: A

CRN: 6937

Credits: 3

The course focuses on the concept of post-democracy, its meanings, uses, and alternative formulations. As a history of the present, post-democracy reflects the transformations of the democratic experience, its crises and anxieties, its future prospects and promises. Following the decline of the Welfare state and Keynesianism and the triumph of marketization across the Global North and the Global South, critical thinkers have been seeking to understand the ways these transformations have reconfigured democratic life, exhausted its political imaginaries, and questioned post-war political assumptions and certainties. The course will examine post-democracy as a conceptual space, both descriptive and critical, to explore the internal dilemmas and possible responses to contemporary politics (populism, oligarchy, governmentality, radical egalitarianism, plebeianism etc.). Readings will include among others the following authors: Colin Crouch, Wolfgang Streeck, Chantal Mouffe, Sheldon Wolin, Pierre Rosanvallon, Wendy Brown, Peter Maier, Partha Chatterjee, Maristella Svampa, Jürgen Habermas, Jacques Rancière, John Keane.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Sociology (GSOC)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 19

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 10:55am 6/16/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 902

Date Range: 1/23/2019 - 5/8/2019