Concluding Note: the Afterlife of a Political Discourse

  • Alan S. Kahan


Old discourses never die, they just find a different context. Prudent histori-ans are reluctant to declare the definitive end of anything, and the discourse of capacity is no exception to this rule. After the First World War, in Europe and even in America, echoes of the language of capacity continued to be heard. The discourse of capacity did not return to political life, at least not through the front door of electoral politics. But it was sometimes heard in the more dimly lit corridors of power, where it could still be spoken among the discerning few. In this manner old-fashioned liberal discourse pursued its latter-day vocation of acting as an influence, not a power.


Political Party Political Participation Professional Ideal Democratic Society Political Discourse 
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© Alan Kahan 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan S. Kahan
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  1. 1.Florida International UniversityMiamiUSA

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