"Is Democracy in Crisis?" Radicalizing Democracy for the Neoliberal Present

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Political Science

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

"Is Democracy in Crisis?"

Spring 2023

Taught By: Forrest Deacon

Section: A

CRN: 13279

Credits: 4

Since the 1970s, Western democracy has been in crisis. Voting and other forms of liberal, democratic politics have been in sharp decline, with many analysts and scholars arguing that democracy is no longer a viable political tool—with many suggesting that democracy is simply a tool to maintain the status quo, albeit with popular legitimation. This course investigates these claims, suggesting that the only democracy in crisis is that of (neo)liberal democracy. In light of this, this course proposes an alternative form of democracy for the contemporary conjuncture of neoliberal capitalism: radical democracy. This course will develop in three parts. In the first, it analyzes claims of democracy’s decline. In the second, it defines neoliberalism and examines its effect on democracy. In the last, it reexamines democracy as a radical, egalitarian political project that can combat the effects of neoliberalism on democracy. Readings will include thinkers like Jacques Rancière, Samuel Huntington, Chantal Mouffe, Wendy Brown, and many others. The course will also draw from historical examples of radical democracy, such as the Paris Commune of 1871, self-determination theories, workers' councils and workers' democracies, the Zapatista Movement, Occupy, and others. Students will develop close-reading and annotation techniques, command of evidence and writing practices, and critical thinking and discussion skills.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Political Science (LPOL)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every few 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: 4:00pm 8/19/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/23/2023 - 5/15/2023