Democracy Disfigured: Opinion, Truth, and the People

Democracy Disfigured: Opinion, Truth, and the People

Nadia Urbinati


In Democracy Disfigured, Nadia Urbinati diagnoses the ills that beset the physique politic in an age of hyper-partisanship and media monopolies and gives a lively safety of the messy compromises and contentious results that outline democracy.

Urbinati identifies 3 sorts of democratic disfiguration: the unpolitical, the populist, and the plebiscitarian. each one undermines an important department well-functioning democracy needs to protect: the wall isolating the unfastened discussion board of public opinion from the governmental associations that enact the need of the folks. Unpolitical democracy delegitimizes political opinion in desire of workmanship. Populist democracy substantially polarizes the general public discussion board during which opinion is debated. And plebiscitary democracy overvalues the classy and nonrational elements of opinion. For Urbinati, democracy includes an everlasting fight to make noticeable the problems that voters deem significant to their lives. Opinion is hence a sort of motion as vital because the mechanisms that manage votes and mobilize decisions.

Urbinati focuses much less at the overt enemies of democracy than on those that pose as its acquaintances: technocrats wedded to method, demagogues who make glib appeals to "the people," and media operatives who, given their choice, might flip governance right into a spectator game and voters into enthusiasts of opposing teams.

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