The absence in liberal democracies of an agonistic confrontation between different political projects has led to a crisis of representation, argues Chantal Mouffe. Demonization of the ‘enemies’ of the bipartisan consensus might be morally comforting, but it is politically disempowering. We need a progressive populism that can mobilize common affects towards a defence of equality and social justice.
Professor of Political Theory at the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster in London. She has taught and researched in many universities in Europe, North America and South America and she is a corresponding member of the Collège International de Philosophie in Paris. Most recent publications include: Podemos: In the Name of the People (with ĺñigo Errejón; London: Lawrence & Wishart, 2016); Hegemony and Socialist Strategy: Towards a Radical Democratic Politics (with Ernesto Laclau, New York and London, 2014); and Agonistics: Thinking the World Politically (London: Verso, 2013).