Argues that democratic politics is improper in enacting equality against property and propriety

  • Characterises democratic politics as improper against the dominant view of democracy as a regime
  • Shows that questions of property, inequality and impropriety are central to post-Marxist thought and politics
  • Frames conceptual arguments within specific examples of political interventions from around the globe, including the politics of a brick and of occupations
  • Rethinks hegemony in terms of proprietary order thus rethinking the links between culture, economy and polity
  • Accords a dignity to forms of politics that are often deemed marginal

This book systematically introduces the idea of an improper politics, and characterises democratic politics as improper in a challenge to the proper bounds of reason, accepted behaviours and the policing of proper order. Mark Devenney contributes a conceptual vocabulary that engages with the politics of the proper, propriety and property from a post-foundational perspective. He argues that this triad is central to understanding the maintenance of global inequality, both economic and political. 

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