Buden: Open institutions speak a foreign language

So, what would be an open institution? It’s a positive stereotype based on prior political normativity. Open institution is a good institution. Open means democratic and democracy is good. So every public institution is an open one? Yes, but when we talk of open institutions we talk about a specific type of openness. Obviously there’s not only one opennes, as there is not one single public sphere or space. As Habermas puts it, the space in which open institutions operate is an informal public space as opposed to the formal public space and language of the state. The language of open institutions therefore is always a foreign language to the state. It needs to be translated into the mother tongue…

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