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Le Roi-machine

Jan-Werner Müller: Beyond Elections, 19 March 2020

Good Government: Democracy beyond Elections 
by Pierre Rosanvallon, translated by Malcolm DeBevoise.
Harvard, 338 pp., £32.95, March 2018, 978 0 674 97943 7
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Notre Histoire intellectuelle et politique 1968-2018 
by Pierre Rosanvallon.
Seuil, 448 pp., €22.50, August 2018, 978 2 02 135125 5
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... Our regimes are democratic,’ Pierre Rosanvallon states in the opening sentence of Good Government, ‘but we are not governed democratically.’ There has in recent decades been a shift, he argues, away from a model of democracy focused on representative assemblies towards one in which executives are dominant ...

Union Sucrée

Perry Anderson: The Normalising of France, 23 September 2004

Le Rappel à l’ordre: Enquête sur les nouveaux réactionnaires 
by Daniel Lindenberg.
Seuil, 94 pp., €10.50, November 2002, 2 02 055816 5
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Esquisse pour une auto-analyse 
by Pierre Bourdieu.
Raisons d'Agir, 142 pp., €12, February 2004, 2 912107 19 9
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La République mondiale des lettres 
by Pascale Casanova.
Seuil, 492 pp., €27.50, March 1999, 2 02 035853 0
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... of the past had yet to be thoroughly purged of its ambiguities: the Nation. This task fell to Pierre Nora. In his editorial on the tenth anniversary of Le Débat in 1990, Nora had hailed the ‘new cultural landscape’ of the country, and within another couple of years, he completed his own monumental contribution to it. Originating in a seminar at the ...

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