Beyond Collective Self-Government
Chapter 8 proceeds from the image of a sovereign state as a flat, two-dimensional surface and re-envisions the process of collective self-government as unfolding three-dimensionally, as a dynamic configuration of tendential responsiveness within the spacetime of a purposive constitutional order—a constitutional isomorph. In allowing us to move beyond constitutional self-government its aim is to dignify the plurality of constituent imaginations, deflate the claims of ethical and practical superiority of the liberal-democratic vision of popular self-government, render the idea of a forward-looking, and concretely purposeful constitutional order more sensible, and challenge the alleged inescapability of imagining the subject of constitutional self-government narratively.
Keywords: constitutional isomorph, collective self-government, Stephen Holmes, nautical allegories, Ulysses and Sirens, disappointment-management, imperatives of government, Hannah Arendt, hybridity, image schemata
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