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Stasis Before the StateNine Theses on Agonistic Democracy$
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Dimitris Vardoulakis

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823277391

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823277391.001.0001

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Constituent power forges the distinction between democracy and sovereignty

Constituent power forges the distinction between democracy and sovereignty

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(p.13) Thesis 1 Constituent power forges the distinction between democracy and sovereignty
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Stasis Before the State
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Dimitris Vardoulakis

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823277391.003.0002

This thesis shows that the dialectic of constituent and constituted power only ever leads to forms of sovereignty. Every negation of constituted power only ever leads to the re-emergence of sovereignty—or, what I call “the ruse of sovereignty.” Instead, it is more constructive to note the contrast between democracy and sovereignty implicit in a particular understanding of constituent power.

Keywords:   Hannah Arendt, constituent and constituted power, Antonio Negri

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