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Post-Truth, Fake News and Democracy

Post-Truth, Fake News and Democracy

Farkas, Johan, author; Schou, Jannick, author

Western societies are under siege, as fake news, post-truth and alternative facts are undermining the very core of democracy. This dystopic narrative is currently circulated by intellectuals, journalists and policy makers worldwide. In this book, Johan Farkas and Jannick Schou deliver a comprehensive study of post-truth discourses. They critically map the normative ideas contained in these and present a forceful call for deepening democracy. The dominant narrative of our time is that democracy is in a state of emergency caused by social media, changes to journalism and misinformed masses. This crisis needs to be resolved by reinstating truth at the heart of democracy, even if this means curtailing civic participation and popular sovereignty. Engaging with critical political philosophy, Farkas and Schou argue that these solutions neglect the fact that democracy has never been about truth alone. It is equally about the voice of the democratic people. Post-Truth, Fake News and Democracy delivers a sobering diagnosis of our times. It maps contemporary discourses on truth and democracy, foregrounds their normative foundations and connects these to historical changes within liberal democracies. The book will be of interest to students and scholars studying the current state and future of democracy, as well as to a politically informed readership

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Published London: Routledge, 2019
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Statement of responsibility: Johan Farkas, Jannick Schou
ISBN: 1000497402, 9781000497403
Physical Description: 164 pages
Series: Routledge Studies in Global Information, Politics and Society
Subject: Political structure & processes; Politics & government; Media Studies; Media studies; Political campaigning & advertising; Political structures: democracy
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9780367322182


  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Political Theory in Post-Factual Times
  3. Part 1: Into Post-Truth Worlds
  4. 3. Prophecies of Post-Truth
  5. 4. US Politics in Post-Truth Worlds
  6. 5. Restoring Democracy
  7. Part 2: Out of Post-Truth Worlds
  8. 6. Post-Truth and Post-Politics: Splitting the Difference
  9. 7. Ways Out? Truth, Technology, Democracy
  10. 8. Conclusion: Looking to the Future