Law and Agonistic Politics
Andrew Schaap. Law and Agonistic Politics, Farnham: Ashgate Publishing, 2009.
University of Exeter
Law and Agonistic Politics aims to explore differing theoretical perspectives on politics and law oriented around or against the concept of agon, meaning struggle. The chapters discuss diverse elements of the concept, from analysis of agonistic events or acts, issues of plurality, freedom and democracy, and also the limitations to the agonistic approach. A theory’s value can only be found in its application to, or understanding of actual events and praxis. To understand the value of the collection, the task of this review will be to elaborate and evaluate the arguments found in the essays regarding their value to democratic practice, in particular how these theories speak to real situations of social unrest such as the London riots of 2011.
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