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New Book: ‘Varieties of Sovereignty and Citizenship’

New Book: ‘Varieties of Sovereignty and Citizenship’

Varieties of Sovereignty and Citizenship Edited by Sigal R. Ben-Porath and Rogers M. Smith. Published by University of Pennsylvania Press, December 2012. Description: In Varieties of Sovereignty and Citizenship, scholars from a wide range of disciplines reflect on the transformation of the world away from the absolute sovereignty of independent nation-states and on the proliferation of varieties of plural citizenship. ...

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New Book on Epistemic Democracy: ‘Democratic Reason’

New Book on Epistemic Democracy: ‘Democratic Reason’

Princeton University Press has released Hélène Landemore’s important work on epistemic theory of democracy; Democratic Reason: Politics, Collective Intelligence, and the Rule of the Many. Landemore is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Yale University and the book originated in her PhD dissertation at Harvard. See her publications here. Book Description: Individual decision making can often be wrong due to misinformation, ...

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New Book by Philip Pettit: On the People’s Terms

Cambridge University Press has published Philip Pettit’s new book, On the People’s Terms: A Republican Theory and Model of Democracy. The book contains the text of Pettit’s 2010 Seeley Lectures at Cambridge University. Philip Pettit is the Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and Human Values at Princeton University. Book Description: According to republican theory, we are free persons ...

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Democratization, SAGE Four-Volume Set

Democratization, SAGE Four-Volume Set

Democratization – Four Volume Set Edited by Jean Grugel (University of Sheffield) Published by SAGE Publication, November 30, 2012. 1632 pages Description: Since the 1970s, the number of formally democratic states has grown exponentially while coherent alternatives to democracy have steadily diminished in terms of their global relevance. Yet, democracy remains an extremely problematic, conflictual and unfinished enterprise – as ...

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Constitution Making in the Arab Spring: Have Islamists Stolen the Revolution?

Constitution Making in the Arab Spring: Have Islamists Stolen the Revolution?

Chibli Mallat,Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School, and Kenneth Roth, the executive director of Human Rights Watch, discussed the Islamist-dominated constitution making process in Arab Spring countries, on Wednesday, November 28, 2012


. Chibli Mallat also published a piece last week, criticizing Egypt’s draft constitution.

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Nader Hashemi: ‘Can Islam be Reconciled with Democracy?’

Nader Hashemi: ‘Can Islam be Reconciled with Democracy?’

This is the lecture given by Nader Hashemi (University of Denver) under the title “Can Islam be Reconciled with Democracy: Critical Notes on the Arab Spring.” on November 1, 2012 at the University of Kansas, Center for Global & International Studies and KU Middle East Studies. The footage from the Q & A session following the speech is here.

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Veit Bader’s Critique of Post-secularism

Veit Bader’s Critique of Post-secularism

The current issue of Erasmus law Review has published articles on religion and secularism, originated in a conference on ‘Religion in the 21st Century’ at the Erasmus School of Law, in September 2011. Veit Bader’s interesting article in this issue is titled Post-Secularism or Liberal-Democratic Constitutionalism? [PDF] Veit Bader is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Professor Emeritus of Social and ...

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The Impossible “Islamic State”

The Islamic Law scholar Wael B. Hallaq has a new book, published by Columbia University Press: The Impossible State: Islam, Politics, and Modernity’s Moral Predicament (November 2012). Wael Hallaq is currently the Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University at the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies. His publications include Shari‘a: Theory, Practice, Transformations (2009); ...

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Rainer Forst on ‘Toleration and Democracy’

Rainer Forst on ‘Toleration and Democracy’

Rainer Forst, Professor of Political Theory at Goethe University Frankfurt, presents his talk entitled “Toleration and Democracy”, followed by commentary by Adam Etinson. The event was held on November 8, 2012, as part of the Graduate Center, CUNY 2012-2013 Mellon Sawyer Seminar Series, “Democratic Citizenship and the Recognition of Cultural Differences.”

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