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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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Political Theory and Its Methodology

Political Theory and Its Methodology

Christian List and Laura Valentini (LSE) have posted Political Theory on SSRN. Here is the abstract: Political theory, sometimes also called “normative political theory”, is a subfield of the disciplines of philosophy and political science that addresses conceptual, normative, and evaluative questions concerning politics and society, broadly construed. Examples are: When is a society just? What does it mean for ...

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Democracy, Redistribution and Inequality

Democracy, Redistribution and Inequality

Daron Acemoglu (MIT), Suresh Naidu (Columbia), Pascual Restrepo (MIT), and  James A. Robinson (Harvard) have posted Democracy, Redistribution and Inequality on SSRN. It is forthcoming in the Handbook of Income Distribution, edited by Anthony Atkinson and François Bourguignon. Here is the abstract: In this paper we revisit the relationship between democracy, redistribution and inequality. We first explain the theoretical reasons ...

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Political Theology and Populism

Political Theology and Populism

Andrew Arato has recently posted some of his published articles on SSRN (see the list here), including Political Theology and Populism, published in Social Research, Vol. 80, No. 1, 2013 (devoted to political theology).  Here is the abstract as published in Social Research: Why should we engage in the secularization and disenchantment of political concepts, the preservation or the re-establishment of their secular and rational character? ...

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Secularism as Conversion

Secularism as Conversion

Beyond Church and State: Democracy, Secularism, and Conversion is a very interesting book by Matthew Scherer (George Mason University), published in March 2013 by Cambridge University Press. Rejecting the paradigm that secularism stands simply as a wall between church and state, the author interprets it as an active process of transformation that produces and reshapes key dimensions of political and religious life. He describes the process ...

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Quadratic Voting in Democratic Politics

Quadratic Voting in Democratic Politics

Eric Posner (Chicago Law School) and E. Glen Weyl (Chicago) have posted Voting Squared: Quadratic Voting in Democratic Politics in SSRN.  Here is the abstract: Democratic institutions aggregate preferences poorly. The norm of one-person-one-vote with majority rule treats people fairly by giving everyone an equal chance to influence outcomes, but fails to give proportional weight to people whose interests in a ...

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Comprehensive Deliberation

Comprehensive Deliberation

Benjamin Hertzberg (Harvard) has posted Comprehensive Deliberation: Democratic Reasoning Across Religious Difference in SSRN. The paper will be presented at APSA 2013 Annual Meeting. Here is the abstract: Many now believe that democracy grants citizens the moral permission to contribute religious arguments to democratic discussions. This permission poses a puzzle: because religious arguments are not broadly persuasive, the citizen who makes ...

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New Edited Volume: ‘Menschenrechte und Demokratie’

New Edited Volume: ‘Menschenrechte und Demokratie’

Menschenrechte und Demokratie Georg Lohmann zum 65. Geburtstag Falk Bornmüller / Thomas Hoffmann / Arnd Pollmann (Hrsg.) Verlag Karl Alber, 2013 Description: Die in diesem Band versammelten Beiträge gehen dem zugleich engen wie spannungsreichen Verhältnis von Menschenrechten und Demokratie nach. Neben ideengeschichtlichen, rechtshistorischen und systematischen Überlegungen in Bezug auf die ursprünglich revolutionäre Verschränkung beider Ideen werden philosophische, politikwissenschaftliche und völkerrechtliche ...

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Chantal Mouffe and Rainer Forst on Inclusive Democracy

Chantal Mouffe and Rainer Forst on Inclusive Democracy

As part of the conference “Baustelle Demokratie“, hosted by Heinrich Böll Foundation in Berlin, Chantal Mouffe and Rainer Forst discussed on ‘Inclusive Democracy: on the Relationship Between Democracy and Justice’, on June 15, 2013. Thomas Biebricher moderated the debate.

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Democratization Theory and the “Arab Spring”

Democratization Theory and the “Arab Spring”

The current issue of Journal of Democracy (April 2013) has published Democratization Theory and the “Arab Spring” [PDF], by Alfred Stepan and Juan J. Linz. This is the text of  the Ninth Annual Seymour Martin Lipset Lecture on Democracy in the World that Stepan delivered on November 13, 2012 at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C ( I posted the ...

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