Insurgencies: Constituent Power And The Modern State

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In the ten years since the initial publication of Insurgencies, Antonio Negri's reputation as one of the world's foremost political philosophers has grown dramatically. An invigorating appraisal of revolutionary thought, Insurgencies is both the precursor to and the historical basis for Antonio Negri and Michael Hardt's masterwork, Empire.

At the center of this book is the conflict between "constituent power," the democratic force of revolutionary innovation, and "constituted power," the fixed power of formal constitutions and central authority. This conflict, Negri argues, defines the drama of modern rebellions. Now with a foreword by Michael Hardt, Insurgencies leads to a new notion of how power and action must be understood if we are to achieve a democratic future.

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Wendy Brown
Can democracy—the power of the people—be realized? Antonio Negri offers a deeply erudite, relentlessly political, and at times poetic meditation on democracy. Insurgencies is elegant, original, provocative and powerful thinking...This is political theory as it is hardly ever done anymore, political theory that idelibly transforms both its object of study and its reader. (Wendy Brown, University of California, Santa Cruz)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816622740
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/1999
  • Series: Theory Out Of Bounds Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Antonio Negri, who has taught at the University of Padua and the University of Paris, is the author of more than thirty books, including Empire and Multitude, with Michael Hardt; The Savage Anomaly (Minnesota, 2000); and In Praise of the Common, with Cesare Casarino (Minnesota, 2008).

Michael Hardt is professor of literature at Duke University. He is the author of Empire and Multitude, with Antonio Negri, as well as Labor of Dionysus and Gilles Deleuze: An Apprenticeship in Philosophy, both published by the University of Minnesota Press.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Constituent Power: The Concept of a Crisis 1
Ch. 2 Virtue and Fortune: The Machiavellian Paradigm 37
Ch. 3 The Atlantic Model and the Theory of Counterpower 99
Ch. 4 Political Emancipation in the American Constitution 141
Ch. 5 The Revolution and the Constitution of Labor 193
Ch. 6 Communist Desire and the Dialectic Restored 251
Ch. 7 The Constitution of Strength 303
Notes 337
Index 365
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