Chantal Mouffe


Date and place of birth: 1943, Charleroi, Belgium

Living place: London, UK

Theme: phiosophy, sociology, political science

ECC Participation: panel member

photo: private archive

Chantal Mouffe is counted among the post-Marxist critics of the neo-liberal democracy. Her views were shaped during the students’ rebellion of 1968. Mouffe’s judgment of the current politics is harsh (globalization, the Left moving Centre, technocracy) and thus she is considered to have solved the mystery of the European populism: according to her the decline of differences between the parties result in the loss of social trust and the consequent shift towards extremist organizations.

”A healthy democratic process calls for a vibrant clash of political positions and an open conflict of interests.”

Mouffe confronts the deadening of social issues with the concept of agonistic democracy which cherishes conflicts and ideological clashes, especially in the field of economy. This view was presented in her most famous book, written together with Ernesto Laclau, ”Hegemony and Socialist Strategy” (1985).

Mouffe is a professor at the University of Westmister (and a visiting scholar at numerous European and American universities); she is associated with the Centre for the Study of Democracy. Correspondence member of the Collège International de Philosophie in Paris. Three of her books were translated into Polish: ”Hegemony and Socialist Strategy”, ”The Democratic Paradox” (2005) and ”On the Political” (2008).

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