Democracy Realized: The Progressive Alternative

Democracy Realized: The Progressive Alternative

by Roberto Mangabeira Unger
     
 

A radical program of reform from a commanding political theorist. Roberto Unger is widely recognized as one of the most innovative and intellectually audacious political and legal theorists alive today. Placing himself in the tradition of “revolutionary reforms,” Unger has charted a course between social democracy and neoliberalism, seeking to combine the… See more details below

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A radical program of reform from a commanding political theorist. Roberto Unger is widely recognized as one of the most innovative and intellectually audacious political and legal theorists alive today. Placing himself in the tradition of “revolutionary reforms,” Unger has charted a course between social democracy and neoliberalism, seeking to combine the best element of both nonstatist and liberal aspirations. In this new work, Unger brings to bear his unique understanding of the replaceable nature of social and political institutions on the present global situation. The world economy is being reorganized as a network of economic vanguards, of privileged insiders, separated from the economic rearguard, the largely disenfranchised outsiders. Traditional devices for containing this division, whether through a redistributive welfare state or the support of small business, have proved inadequate. Democracy Realized challenges the ideological dominance of neoliberalism, which insists that all countries must converge in their acceptance of the dictates of market “flexibility.” Instead, Unger has developed practical alternatives that can narrow the divide between insiders and outsiders. In particular, he argues that in rich and poor countries alike, a more decentralized and inclusive relationship can be built between business and government, and that levels of civic engagement and group organization can be heightened and strengthened. In an age when leftist and progressive circles are marked by timidity and defensiveness, Unger’s Democracy Realized restores intellectual courage and programmatic zeal to political thought.

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“Roberto Mangabeira Unger’s project is breathtaking ... He is writing what may be the most powerful social theory of the second half of the century.”—Geoffrey Hawthorn

“A philosophical mind out of the Third World turning the tables, to become synoptist and seer of the First.”—Perry Anderson

“[Unger] does not make moves in any game we know how to play ... [His] book will someday make possible a new national romance ... [It] will help the literate ... citizens of some country to see vistas where before they saw only dangers—see a hitherto undreamt-of national future.”—Richard Rorty

A. B. Cochran
Unger skillfully summarizes the staid orthodoxy stifling most political and economic thought and articulates unquestioned assumptions that block innovation... His politically astute program recommends policies for both the near and far term.
Choice, October 1999
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Democracy Realized: The Progressive Alternative surveys and assesses the failings of neoliberalism and institutionally conservative social democracy, the maps out the initial steps in a path they foreclose toward the deepening of democracy and the quickening of economic growth. By drawing on the experience of both rich and poor countries, Roberto Unger (Professor of Law at Harvard University, and a political activist in Brazil) shows how all the nations of the world are being irresistibly drawn into the same worldwide debate. Democracy Realized is articulate, iconoclastic, unflinchingly candid, and highly recommended to students of political science, international studies, as well as national and global economics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781859849835
Publisher:
Verso Books
Publication date:
12/28/1998
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.54(w) x 8.73(h) x 0.91(d)

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A.B. Cochran
A. B. Cochran, Choice, October 1999

Unger skillfully summarizes the staid orthodoxy stifling most political and economic thought and articulates unquestioned assumptions that block innovation... His politically astute program recommends policies for both the near and far term.

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