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Poster promoting Kidnapping Democracy

Ramón Feenstra: Your democracy has been kidnapped - but is there a ransom?

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Large sections of democracy and its basic structures have recently been hijacked.

By stealth, powerful elites have gradually gained control of the political sphere and transformed it to serve their own interests. The political systems of what appear to be established democracies in all corners of the world are showing signs of this takeover, which has led to widespread citizen disaffection and indignation.

Kidnapped Democracy uses the metaphor of captivity to illustrate the differences and similarities between conventional kidnappings and the hijacking of a political system. The seminar will briefly discuss the identity of the kidnappers, the accomplices, the hostages, the victims, and the negotiators before examining the effect of a peculiar Stockholm syndrome and, finally, reflecting on possible ways to secure the release of democracy. 

About the speaker
Ramón A. Feenstra is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Sociology at the Universitat Jaume I of Castellón (Spain). The fields he writes about are linked primarily to the democracy theory and communication ethics.

He has published the following books: Kidnapped democracy (Rowman and Littlefield, 2019), Refiguring Democracy: The Spanish Political Laboratory (co-authored with Simon Tormey, Andreu Casero and John Keane, Routledge, 2017). He has recently co-edited, with Cristina Flesher Fominaya, the Routledge Handbook of Contemporary European Social Movements (2019).

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