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Democratic LegitimacyImpartiality, Reflexivity, Proximity$
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Pierre Rosanvallon

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691149486

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691149486.001.0001

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Is Impartiality Politics?

Is Impartiality Politics?

(p.104) Chapter Six Is Impartiality Politics?
Democratic Legitimacy

Pierre Rosanvallon

, Arthur Goldhammer
Princeton University Press

This chapter examines conceptions of impartiality and looks at how impartiality itself is approached in a political context. In doing so the chapter asks if the shift from positive to negative generality reflects a decline in the democratic–republican ideal and a greater role for law. From here, the chapter turns to the idea of a democratic impartiality—an active impartiality whose intervention helps to build a political community. Impartiality has established itself in the political order as the vector of aspirations to construct a more deliberative and transparent public space. It is also a key to understanding new ways of thinking about the social.

Keywords:   impartiality, democratic impartiality, generality, political community, civic life

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