The Eyes of the People: Democracy in an Age of Spectatorship by Jeffrey Edward Green

By Jeffrey Edward Green

for hundreds of years it's been assumed that democracy needs to consult with the empowerment of the People's voice. during this pioneering booklet, Jeffrey Edward eco-friendly makes the case for contemplating the folks as an ocular entity instead of a vocal one. eco-friendly argues that it's either attainable and fascinating to appreciate democracy by way of what the folk will get to work out rather than the conventional concentrate on what it will get to say.

The Eyes of the People examines democracy from the viewpoint of daily voters of their daily lives. whereas it's usual to appreciate the citizen as a decision-maker, actually such a lot voters infrequently have interaction in decision-making and don't also have transparent perspectives on such a lot political concerns. the normal citizen isn't really a decision-maker yet a spectator who watches and listens to the decide upon few empowered to come to a decision. Grounded in this daily phenomenon of spectatorship, The Eyes of the People constructs a democratic conception appropriate to the way in which democracy is really skilled by way of most folk lots of the time.

In impending democracy from the point of view of the People's eyes, eco-friendly rediscovers and rehabilitates a forgotten "plebiscitarian" replacement in the background of democratic suggestion. development off the contributions of a variety of thinkers-including Aristotle, Shakespeare, Benjamin consistent, Max Weber, Joseph Schumpeter, and plenty of others-Green outlines a singular democratic paradigm situated on empowering the People's gaze via forcing politicians to seem in public lower than stipulations they don't absolutely control.

The Eyes of the People is immediately a sweeping review of the nation of democratic conception and a choice to reconsider the which means of democracy in the sociological and technological stipulations of the twenty-first century.

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