Institute of Criminological and Sociological Research, Belgrade
Received: June 6, 2022
Accepted: June 8, 2022
The economic crisis of neoliberalism, the political crisis, and the crisis of representative democracy are fertile ground for socio-demagogic discourse and incredibly fertile ground for attracting the precariat. The precariat is a new social group that lives from today to tomorrow and whose main feature is uncertainty and precarity (primarily in the labor market, but also beyond). Capitalism and democracy are based on different principles. The logic of the relationship between capitalism and democracy is characterized by "tension." The question that arises is how to reconcile neoliberal capitalism and democracy, understood as a system based on the principles of freedom and equality? How do we reconcile democracy and significant social inequalities? What is the role of the precariat in this? With this in mind, the paper aims to open questions and possibilities of new angles of thinking about modern democracy, especially about the relationship between democracy and precariat, as a new social group on the historical scene of the XXI century. The paper deals with the relationship between democracy and capitalism and the relationship between the precariat and deliberative, radical and agonistic democracy, and left-wing populism.
KEY WORDS: precariat, deliberative democracy, radical democracy, agonistic democracy, left populism