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Democracy, Agency, and the StateTheory with Comparative Intent$
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Guillermo O'Donnell

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199587612

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587612.001.0001

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Dialogics, Agency, and Democracy

Dialogics, Agency, and Democracy

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Democracy, Agency, and the State

Guillermo O'Donnell (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter begins with a description of life under what may be considered a perfect negation of democracy and its underlying values of recognition of agency and citizenship: the terrorist state that ruled Argentina from 1976 to 1983. This state implanted an archetypical monologal structure of discourse. It is argued that this example is useful for showing the importance of the dialogical structures of discourse entailed by democracy. Further, it argues that as long as those dialogical structures are practiced, they are a collective self-pedagogy of citizenship and the possibility of continually discovering, actually de-reifying, the true meaning of the power and authority exercised by states and governments.

Keywords:   agency, terrorist state, repression, dialogics, public sphere, Argentina, recognition, alienation, reification

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