Daniel Drache argues that, feeding off distrust and suspicion of governments, and assisted by the new cultural flows of people, ideas and information, this is a political phenomenon without historical precedent. No-one owns the new public, elites remain baffled by its power and impact. No-one can contain its innovative, inclusive and rapidly evolving organizational style. No-one can determine when the current cycle of dissent will peak.
This lively and engaging book is a must-read for anyone interested in the role of protesters and publics in contemporary politics.
List of figures vii
Introduction: Goals and Values that are Inescapably Public 1
1 The Crowded Public Sphere and its Discontents 24
2 Market Fundamentalism and the Worried Public 54
3 Digital Publics and the Culture of Dissent 89
4 Nixers, Fixers, and the Axes of Conformity 115
5 Infinite Varieties of the Modern Public: Novelty, Surprise, and Uncertainty 144
Appendix: Critical Human Rights Conventions of the Global Public Domain 172
A Note on Sources 179
Select Bibliography 184