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The Speed Of Liberal Democracy

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Liberal democracy is a form of political representation that came into being over the course of the 18th and 19th centuries. This chapter reveals that during the post- World War Two phase, the era of 'high Fordism', there was something of an interregnum in the inexorable temporal disconnection of the polity from economy and society. Neoclassical politics, in the shape of liberal democracy has inherent tendencies towards inertia and crystallization, a propensity to try to hold back the 'flow' of time and change in ways that reflect its own unique context of becoming. The central tenets of liberal democracy, those of democracy, liberty, freedom of association and speech, and so on, are today very much unchanged from their 18th century origins. Neoliberal democratic polities no longer shape the 'pace of events' as liberal democracies did in the 18th century and as social democracy did during the evanescent post-war phase.

Keywords: liberal democracy; neoliberal democratic polities; political inertia; social acceleration

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