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The work of politics: democratic transformations in the welfare state (2020)

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Abstract

The Work of Politics advances a new understanding of how democratic social movements work with welfare institutions to challenge structures of domination. Klein develops a novel theory that depicts welfare institutions as "worldly mediators," or sites of democratic world-making fostering political empowerment and participation within the context of capitalist economic forces. Drawing on the writings of Weber, Arendt, and Habermas, and historical episodes that range from the workers' movement in Bismarck's Germany to post-war Swedish feminism, this book challenges us to rethink the distribution of power in society, as well as the fundamental concerns of democratic theory. Ranging across political theory and intellectual history, The Work of Politics provides a vital contribution to contemporary thinking about the future of the welfare state.

Keywords

Welfare state, Democracy, Power (Social sciences)

Languages

English

Publisher

Cambridge University Press

ISBN

9781108778398, 9781108478625, 9781108745970

Pages

xv, 204

DOI

10.1017/9781108778398

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