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Rhythm and its absence in modern politics and music

White, Jonathan ORCID: 0000-0002-4668-698X (2017) Rhythm and its absence in modern politics and music. German Life and Letters, 70 (3). pp. 383-393. ISSN 0016-8777

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Identification Number: 10.1111/glal.12162


This piece reflects on the significance of periodic time structures in the institutions of modern democracy, drawing inspiration from the theorisation of rhythm in music. Three features of rhythm are discussed using the concepts of temporal integration, coordination and rationalisation. Each helps us understand how the institutionalisation of periodicity has helped underpin the democratic principle of legitimate opposition. As contemporary political developments tend to disrupt such rhythms, so legitimate opposition becomes harder to maintain.

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Additional Information: © 2017 The Author German Life and Letters © 2017 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2017 14:19
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 02:29

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