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The Rejection of the Principle of Representation and the Participatory Imperative: Theoretical Foundations

Rousseau and Castoriadis base their affirmation of the irrational character of a voluntary surrender of the exercise of freedom on the concept of free will or the autonomy of the subject. According to them, such individual autonomy can and must be transposed at the collective level. When asking “what is it that makes a people a people”, they confront the theories of representative democracy to their critical assumptions. Seeing in the representatives substitutes who express the will of the people means both affirming the existence of a people endowed with an identifiable will and rejecting the possibility—even the necessity—to give it the means to express it directly.

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Référence électonique : Blaise BACHOFEN, "The Rejection of the Principle of Representation and the Participatory Imperative: Theoretical Foundations", Pouvoirs, revue française d’études constitutionnelles et politiques, n°175, 175 - La démocratie participative, p.17-30 . Consulté le 2021-09-18 22:23:05 . URL : https://revue-pouvoirs.fr/The-Rejection-of-the-Principle-of.html