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On Political Impotence: How Liberal Democracy Becomes Militant, and Its Demos Becomes Impotent

Ursus Eijkelenberg
University of Manchester

2019 11 (1) Krytyka Prawa. Niezależne studia nad prawem

DOI 10.7206/kp.2080-1084.281

Abstract

Research into liberal democracy’s self-preserving quality is usually confined to the notion ‘militant democracy’ and focuses mainly on the specific instruments the political system employs to challenge its adversaries and bolster its structure. This paper takes a different approach to understanding liberal democracy’s self-preservation. It challenges the boundaries of the dominant concept by exploring consolidative tendencies in a more general and comprehensive fashion, focusing on gradual political – and legal evolutionary developments that contribute to the solidification of the political system. On that basis, a critical follow-up question is posed: what are the implications of these consolidative endeavours? By highlighting ‘political impotence’ and its destabilizing effects as one of more socio-political implications, the paper suggests that the self-preserving vigour of liberal democracy might turn out to be counterproductive, and that the crisis which liberal democracy is now experiencing does not occur in spite of but rather because of its self-preserving characteristics.

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Eijkelenberg, U. . (2019). On Political Impotence: How Liberal Democracy Becomes Militant, and Its Demos Becomes Impotent. Krytyka Prawa. Niezależne Studia Nad Prawem, 11(1), 164-190. https://doi.org/10.7206/kp.2080-1084.281 (Original work published 2019)

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Eijkelenberg, U. . “On Political Impotence: How Liberal Democracy Becomes Militant, And Its Demos Becomes Impotent”. 2019. Krytyka Prawa. Niezależne Studia Nad Prawem, vol. 11, no. 1, 2019, pp. 164-190.

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Eijkelenberg, Ursus . “On Political Impotence: How Liberal Democracy Becomes Militant, And Its Demos Becomes Impotent”. Krytyka Prawa. Niezależne Studia Nad Prawem, Krytyka Prawa. Niezależne studia nad prawem, 11, no. 1 (2019): 164-190. doi:10.7206/kp.2080-1084.281.