Nadia Urbinati, “On the Meaning of the ‘Crisis of Democracy'” (March 12, 2015)

Nadia Urbinati, Columbia University, “On the Meaning of the ‘Crisis of Democracy,'” March 12, 2015 @ 4:30 pm, room C202

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The literature on “the crisis of democracy” has witnessed a booming in recent years, also in conjunction with the economic crisis.  Yet discourse of crisis is problematic when referred to democracy.  Is the “crisis” something anomalous in a democracy? To tackle this question I shall first try to clarify the meaning of the term “crisis”, secondly list the several discourses on the crisis of democracy, and thirdly propose some final thoughts.