Insurgencies: Constituent Power And The Modern State

Insurgencies: Constituent Power And The Modern State

by Antonio Negri
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University of Minnesota Press

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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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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)

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Constituent Power: The Concept of a CrisisOn the Juridical Concept of Constituent Power
Absolute Procedure, Constitution, Revolution
From Structure to the SubjectChapter 2. Virtue and Fortune: The Machiavellian Paradigm
The Logic of Time and the Prince's Indecision
Democracy as Absolute Government and the Reform of the Renaissance
Critical Ontology of the Constituent PrincipleChapter 3. The Atlantic Model and the Theory of CounterpowerMutatio and Anakyclosis
Harrington: Constituent Power as Counterpower
The Constituent Motor and the Constitutionalist ObstacleChapter 4. Political Emancipation in the American ConstitutionConstituent Power and the "Frontier" of Freedom
Homo Politicus and the Republican Machine
Crisis of the Event and Inversion of the TendencyChapter 5. The Revolution and the Constitution of LaborRousseau's Enigma and the Time of the Sansculottes
The Constitution of Labor
To Terminate the RevolutionChapter 6. Communist Desire and the Dialectic RestoredConstituent Power in Revolutionary Materialism
Lenin and the Soviets: The Institutional Compromise
Socialism and EnterpriseChapter 7. The Constitution of Strength"Multitudo et Potentia": The Problem
Constitutive Disutopia
Beyond ModernityNotes

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