Habermas and democratic theory: The threat to democracy of unchecked corporate power

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Abstract

In this article I explore the distance traveled by Jürgen Habermas from the pessimism expressed about the prospects for democracy in contemporary society in his early work, The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere: An Inquiry into a Category of Bourgeois Society, to the optimistic resuscitation of democracy in a most recent work, Between Facts and Norms: Contributions to a Discourse Theory of Law and Democracy. I also discuss what I consider to be an inadequate treatment in the later work of the threat to democracy posed by the influence of the modern mass media allied with unchecked corporate power.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)585-594
Number of pages10
JournalPolitical Research Quarterly
Volume57
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2004
Externally publishedYes

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