"Emergency Politics: Paradox, Law, Democracy"
- Publication: Princeton University Press
9/1/2009, Bonnie Honig, Princeton University Press
Princeton University Press, 2009
Winner, David Easton Prize, 2012. Click here for more information.
Looking at how emergencies in the past and present have shaped the development of democracy, Bonnie Honig argues that democratic politics are always a struggle to weigh the value of necessities--food, security, and housing--against the achievement of a richer life across the full range of human aspirations. Emphasizing the connections between mere life and more life, emergence and emergency, Honig argues that emergencies call us to attend anew to a neglected paradox of democratic politics: that we need good citizens with aspirational ideals to make good politics while we need good politics to infuse citizens with idealism.
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