Revista de ciencia política (Santiago)
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GUTIERREZ, FERNANDO. Power and Democracy in Claude Lefort. Rev. cienc. polít. (Santiago) [online]. 2011, vol.31, n.2, pp. 247-266. ISSN 0718-090X.
In a brief introduction, I indicate the terms of Lefort's thought on power and democracy, as well as the purpose of this essay. In the first part, I tackle the concept of power through his own symbolic approach following his thoughts on Machiavelli. In the second part, I expose his conception of democracy in the perspective of his reflection on the research of Tocqueville, which indicates to him the essential mutation that meant the birth ofmodern democracy and its fundamental characteristics; at the end of this part, we see thefusion of both notions. Finally, I expose some critical conclusions and future aspects to develop of his thought.
Palabras clave : Political power; democracy; division; symbolism; modernity.