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ISBN: 9780198799092


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Beyond the People

Social Imaginary and Constituent Imagination

Zoran Oklopcic

Oxford Constitutional Theory

  • Critically examines how we, both inside and outside the academy, conceive of 'the people' in political and legal debates
  • Offers a pioneering reinterpretation of the 'vocabularies' of popular sovereignty: self-determination, constituent power, foundational authority, constitutional self-government and sovereign equality, and a unique account of how their mutual relationship hinges on imaginative choices that are irreducible to disciplinary perspectives
  • Systematically surveys the images and allegories that theorists and politicians use when they invoke the name of the people, offering a novel methodology for analysing the dramaturgical, visual, affective, polemical, and practical aspects of theoretical imaginations
  • Offers a new scholarly agenda that goes 'beyond the people' through an ongoing critical engagement with Kenneth Burke, Carl Schmitt, Hans Kelsen, Cornelius Castoriadis, Ernst Cassirer, Claude Lefort, Charles Taylor, Paul Ricoeur, and Mark Johnson, among others
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