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Visions of Council Democracy: Castoriadis, Lefort, Arendt

Benjamin Ask Popp-Madsen


This book examines the historical emergence of the council system in Russia and Germany by the end of the First World War, it reconstructs the intellectual history of council democracy in 20th century political theory and provides in-depth analysis of council democracy in the political thought of Cornelius Castoriadis, Claude Lefort and Hannah Arendt. The book argues that council democracy can productively be interpreted through the prism of constituent power: the form-giving power of the people to decide on their own institutional forms of political co-existence. Whereas other interpreters of ... More

Keywords: Workers’ Councils, Council Democracy, Council Communism, Democratic Theory, Radical Democracy, Soviets, Constituent Power, Hannah Arendt, Cornelius Castoriadis, Claude Lefort

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781474456319
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474456319.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Benjamin Ask Popp-Madsen, author
Copenhagen Business School