Democratic Revolutions, Power and the City: Weber and Political Modernity
Source TitleThesis Eleven: critical theory and historical sociology
University of Melbourne Author/sRundell, John
AffiliationPhilosophy, Anthropology and Social Inquiry
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsRundell, J. (2009). Democratic Revolutions, Power and the City: Weber and Political Modernity. Thesis Eleven, 97 (1), pp.81-98. https://doi.org/10.1177/0725513608101910.
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This article develops three interconnected arguments concerning the image of modernity as a revolutionary epoch and the way in which this image has been understood and theorized. These three lines of conceptualization, which can only be sketched in less rather than greater detail here, concern the constellation or figuration of modernity, its democratic dimension, and in reference to each, the work of Max Weber, especially The City. More specifically, the article argues that modern democracy is revolutionary when viewed as an open and self-instituting articulation of political power. Its modern revolutionary impulse begins in the Italian Renaissance city-states, the German `free' cities, and the Swiss federation where urban autonomy was matched by the creation of elected forms of rulership and the development of federated circulations of power.
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