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Andamios

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REANO, Ariana. Reconsidering the paradox of democracy. Andamios [online]. 2009, vol.5, n.10, pp.309-333. ISSN 1870-0063.

Understanding democracy has raised a number of controversial issues and debates in political theory. Roughly, we can point out that democracy studies followed two different paths, i.e. understand democracy as a logic of social action or as a governmental mechanism to establish a governmental regime. From a post-structuralist theoretical perspective - under the aegis of the work of Chantal Mouffe and Jacques Rancière - this study try to develop across of the thesis about democracy with a critical approach to the rational -universal argument that built the relevance of liberal democracy. This type of analysis has the potential to resave the democratic paradox as a logic of social contigence.

Keywords : Democracy; paradox; order; conflict; contingency.

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