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Fugitive Democracy: And Other Essays

Sheldon S. Wolin and Nicholas Xenos


The author of this book was one of the most influential and original political thinkers of the past fifty years. This book brings together his most important writings, from classic essays such as “Political Theory as a Vocation,” written amid the Cold War and the conflict in Vietnam, to his late radical essays on American democracy such as “Fugitive Democracy,” in which he offers a controversial reinterpretation of democracy as an episodic phenomenon distinct from the routinized political management that passes for democracy today. The author critically engages a diverse range of political the ... More

Keywords: political thinker, American democracy, power, modernization, 1960s, revolutionary politics, inequality, political thought

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780691133645
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691133645.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sheldon S. Wolin, author

Nicholas Xenos, editor
University of Massachusetts

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Part One The Political and Theoretical

Chapter 2 Political Theory

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Part Two Historical

Ancient and Modern Democracy

Chapter 4 Norm and Form

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Chapter 5 Fugitive Democracy

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Modern Theorists

Chapter 9 Max Weber

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Part Three Recent Theorists

Chapter 10 Reason in Exile

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Chapter 11 Hannah Arendt

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Part Four Postmoderns

Part Five Revisioning Democracy

Chapter 19 Editorial

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Chapter 25 Agitated Times

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End Matter