This volume sets up a dialogue between the 'historical' and the 'contemporary' Tocqueville. How does a contextualization of Tocqueville, or a focus on his embeddedness in nineteenth-century political culture, add to our understanding of his political thought? How has the use of his writings in political debate influenced the reception of his work?
RAF GEENENS studied at the universities of Brussels, Leuven, Paris VIII, and was a visiting student at the New School for Social Research. Currently he is a researcher for the Catholic University of Brussels, Belgium; he is preparing a PhD-thesis on the role of power in democracy. Together with Ronald Tinnevelt, he previously edited an introductory volume on deliberative democracy: De stem van het volk. Democratie als gesprek (The Voice of the People. Democracy as a Conversation) (LannooCampus, 2007). After stints as a Fellow at the Remarque Institute, and as a Visiting Fellow a