Notes on an 'Open' Constituent Power
15 Pages Posted: 2 May 2013
Date Written: May 1, 2013
This paper examines the critical responses to the question of constituent power. Instead of providing a foundation for the constituted order, the paper looks at the various ways in which constituent power can be viewed as ‘open’ and undetermined. It looks at two issues in particular: the ‘subject’ of constituent power, and the nature of the ‘power’ involved. Surveying various critical theorists of the constituent moment, the paper concludes on the various difference within such open textured theory.
Keywords: Constituent Power, Constitutionalism, The People, The Multitude, Potentia, Virno, Laclau, Agamben, Ranciere, Negri, Dussel
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