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ANNUNZIATA, Rocío. The Exigent Democracy. Pierre Rosanvallon’s Theory of Democracy. Andamios [online]. 2016, vol.13, n.30, pp.39-62. ISSN 1870-0063.

This paper aims to explore what we could conceive as Pierre Rosanvallon’s theory of democracy, based on his most recent trilogy. We claim that his is a theory of the exigent democracy, which turns disenchantment in to a motor of transformation and redefinition. According to Rosanvallon, democracy is a political regime, is a way of government, is the citizen activity and is a form of society; and it is plural in each one of these dimensions. After reviewing the emergence of counter-democracy powers, the new figures of legitimacy and the need for reformulation of a society of equals, we address the risks of “the impolitic” and we argue why his perspective presents a theory of the exigent democracy.

Keywords : Democracy; counter-democracy; legitimacy; equality; Pierre Rosanvallon.

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