Philip Pettit on the Infrastructure of Democracy

Philip Pettit on the Infrastructure of Democracy

  Philip Pettit, Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and Human Values at Princeton University, delivered the keynote lecture: “The Infrastructure of Democracy” at the UCD Garret FitzGerald Summer School, University College Dublin, Ireland on 20th June 2014.

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New Edited Volume on Majority Decisions

New Edited Volume on Majority Decisions

Majority Decisions:  Principles and Practices Edited by Stéphanie Novak (Hertie School of Governance, Berlin) and Jon Elster (Columbia University, College de France) Published by Cambridge University Press (June 2014)   Description: This book presents the most complete set of analytical, normative, and historical discussions of majority decision making to date. One chapter critically addresses the social-choice approach to majority decisions, ...

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New Book: ‘The Awakening of Muslim Democracy’

New Book: ‘The Awakening of Muslim Democracy’

The Awakening of Muslim Democracy Religion, Modernity, and the Stat Author: Jocelyne Cesari Published by Cambridge University Press (April 2014) Description: Why and how did Islam become such a political force in so many Muslim-majority countries? In this book, Jocelyne Cesari investigates the relationship between modernization, politics, and Islam in Muslim-majority countries such as Egypt, Iraq, Pakistan, Tunisia, and Turkey ...

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Democratic Parliamentary Monarchies

Democratic Parliamentary Monarchies

The current issue of Journal of Democracy (April 2014) has an open-access essay titled Democratic Parliamentary Monarchies [PDF], by Alfred Stepan, the late Juan Linz, and Juli F. Minoves. Drawing attention to the role that monarchies have played in the evolution of democracy, the authors contend that the west European experience can show how the Arab monarchies might assist or resist ...

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Democracy Does Cause Economic Growth

Democracy Does Cause Economic Growth

Daron Acemoglu (MIT), Suresh Naidu (Columbia), Pascual Restrepo (MIT), and James A. Robinson (Harvard) have posted Democracy Does Cause Growth on SSRN. Here is the abstract: We provide evidence that democracy has a significant and robust positive effect on GDP. Our empirical strategy relies on a dichotomous measure of democracy coded from several sources to reduce measurement error and controls ...

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New Book: ‘Democracy Disfigured’

New Book: ‘Democracy Disfigured’

Harvard University Press has published this month Democracy Disfigured: Opinion, Truth, and the People, by Nadia Urbinati (Columbia University). Description: In Democracy Disfigured, Nadia Urbinati diagnoses the ills that beset the body politic in an age of hyper-partisanship and media monopolies and offers a spirited defense of the messy compromises and contentious outcomes that define democracy. Urbinati identifies three types ...

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Jeremy Waldron on the Agency Model of Accountability

Jeremy Waldron on the Agency Model of Accountability

Jeremy Waldron has posted Accountability: Fundamental to Democracy on SSRN. Here is the abstract: This paper defends a new and aggressive version of the agency model of accountability. It argues that officials and representatives in a democracy have an obligation to make available to citizens full information about what they have been doing. It is not permissible for them to ...

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New Edited Volume on Deliberative Democracy

New Edited Volume on Deliberative Democracy

Deliberative Democracy Issues and Cases Edited By: Stephen Elstub and Peter McLaverty Published by Edinburgh University Press (January 2014) Description: This book addresses the problems with deliberative democracy – and potential solutions – in the context of empirical evidence. Deliberative Democracy is the darling of democratic theory and political theory more generally, and generates international interest. In this book a number ...

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New Book: ‘Boundaries of Toleration’

New Book: ‘Boundaries of Toleration’

Columbia University Press releases Boundaries of Toleration, edited by Alfred Stepan and Charles Taylor. Here is the description: How can people of diverse religious, ethnic, and linguistic allegiances and identities live together without committing violence, inflicting suffering, or oppressing each other? In this volume, contributors explore the limits of toleration and suggest we think beyond them to mutual respect. Salman ...

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Reconsidering the “Transition Paradigm”

Reconsidering the “Transition Paradigm”

The January issue of Journal of Democracy features a lightly edited transcript of a panel discussion on democratic transitions titled Reconsidering the “Transition Paradigm”[PDF]. Larry Diamond, Francis Fukuyama, Donald L. Horowitz, and Marc F. Plattner discuss the relevance of the “transition paradigm” in light of the “Arab Spring” and other developments in the world today. An excerpt: Francis Fukuyama: There’s a literature on what ...

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