My work explores the political potential of democracy. I am interested not only in how democracy can be a way to organize resistance to neoliberalism and austerity, but also how it can help us to flee those forms of life, how we can use it to create other forms, new ways of being together, communities in which people collectively make decisions for themselves. In short, I am searching for ways to think democracy more radically. In that project, I spend a lot of time with and draw lots of ideas from the work of Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes, Locke, Marx, Bakunin, Nietzsche, Deleuze & Guattari, Hardt & Negri, Lefebvre, Ranciere, Virno, Agamben, and Laclau & Mouffe. I also dabble in some Arendt, Abensour, Badiou, Nancy, Rosanvallon, Clastres, Foucault, and Debord. My plan is to engage more closely in the near future with Lefort, Bifo, Castoriadis, and Dewey. (Then I'll retire.)
I am particularly interested in democracy as it exists in cities. I investigate how inhabitants in cities take action to create new forms of urban life, forms of life in which inhabitants manage the production of urban space themselves, without the State and without capitalist corporations. In this context, I work particularly closely with Henri Lefebvre, and especially with his ideas of urban society, autogestion, and the right to the city.
Department of Urban Design & Planning
University of Washington
Box 355740, Gould 410
Seattle WA 98195