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Public Things: Democracy in Disrepair

Bonnie Honig

Abstract

In the contemporary world of neoliberalism, efficiency is treated as the vehicle of political and economic health. State bureaucracy, but not corporate bureaucracy, is seen as inefficient, and privatization is seen as a magic cure for social ills. This book asks whether democracy is possible in the absence of public services, spaces, and utilities. In other words, if neoliberalism leaves to democracy merely electoral majoritarianism and procedures of deliberation while divesting democratic states of their ownership of public things, what will the impact be? This book suggests that democracy po ... More

Keywords: neoliberalism, efficiency, democracy, transitional objects, public goods, state bureaucracy, privatization, public services, object relations, public things

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780823276400
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823276400.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bonnie Honig, author
Brown University