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Wendy Brown on Democracy - Dictionary of Arguments

Mause I 74f
Democracy/Brown: The high regard for the steering power of the market and the widespread rejection of political control and redistribution in neoliberalism is contrary to basic democratic values, above all to the equality of all citizens. Moreover, it is the signum of the political that no clear "right" or "wrong" exists, and for this very reason democracy as a medium of self-reflection and self-direction of citizens with the aim of mediating and balancing between various equal interests, perspectives and values becomes normatively a priority. (1)
Problem: the institutions and procedures of liberal democracy have not been implemented with a view to economic efficiency criteria. (2)
Democracy: has an intrinsic value and democratic institutions and processes allow citizens to live under their own laws. The value of democratic self-determination cannot be paid out in the coin of efficiency.

1. Cf. W.Brown, Neoliberalism and the end of liberal democracy. Edgework. Critical Essays on Knowledge and Politics, Princeton 2005.
2. Ibid. p. 46.

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Wendy Brown
American Nightmare:Neoliberalism, neoconservativism, and de-democratization 2006

Mause I
Karsten Mause
Christian Müller
Klaus Schubert,
Politik und Wirtschaft: Ein integratives Kompendium Wiesbaden 2018

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