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Reading Group on Corey Brettschneider’s New Book

The blog Public Reason hosts a reading group on Corey Brettschneider’s new book, When the State Speaks, What Should It Say?. Jonathan Quong (Manchester) posted yesterday the first post of the reading group, offering a brief summary of the introduction and the first chapter, with three critical comments. See the Schedule of reading group here. Also, in a recent video at bloggingheads, Corey ...

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Does Heterogeneity Hinder Democracy?

Does Heterogeneity Hinder Democracy?

Wolfgang Merkel (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung) and Brigitte Weiffen (University of Konstanz) have published an interesting empirical article on the complex relationship between heterogeneity and democratization in Comparative Sociology, Volume 11, Number 3, 2012. The article is now available for download at Merkel’s webpage: Does Heterogeneity Hinder Democracy? [PDF] Here is the abstract: Research linking heterogeneity and democracy usually focuses on one single dimension ...

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Genealogies of Sovereignty in Islamic Political Theology

Genealogies of Sovereignty in Islamic Political Theology

Andrew March (Yale) has posted Genealogies of Sovereignty in Islamic Political Theology on SSRN. The paper is forthcoming in Social Reseasrch. Andrew March is the author of Islam and Liberal Citizenship: The Search for an Overlapping Consensus (OUP 2009). Here is the abstract: The events that hastily came to be called “The Arab Spring” have done much to reopen the ...

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Democracy & Resistance Conference – Podcasts

On 18-20 June 2012, University of Giessen hosted an international conference under the title Democracy and Resistance, organized by Regina Kreide and Petra Gümplová. The audio files of conference speeches are now available online here, including, among others, those by Jane Mansbridge, Hauke Brunkhorst, Hartmut Rosa, Chris Thornhill, and Andreas Kalyvas. The conference aimed to “illuminate the tension that exists ...

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New Book by Hauke Brunkhorst: Legitimationskrisen

New Book by Hauke Brunkhorst: Legitimationskrisen

Legitimationskrisen: Verfassungsprobleme der Weltgesellschaft By Hauke Brunkhorst (Universität Flensburg) Published by Nomos – September 2012 Description: Die Weltwirtschaftskrise hat Europa und Weltgesellschaft in eine Legitimationskrise gestürzt. Anlass genug, in den ersten beiden Kapiteln den Begriff der Krise wiederaufzunehmen, neu zu bestimmen und ins Zentrum einer Evolutionstheorie der Gesellschaft zu rücken. Das Legitimationsproblem besteht in der gleichzeitigen Abhängigkeit und Unvereinbarkeit von ...

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DVPW-Kongress: ‘Die Versprechen der Demokratie’

The 25th Congress of  the German Political Science Association (DVPW), under the theme “Die Versprechen der Demokratie” (the Promises of Democracy) kicks off tomorrow at the University of Tübingen. DVPW-Congress takes place every three years. The Congress brochure is available online here[PDF], and the paper room here. On Thursday 27th September, Professor Claus Offe will receive the Theodor Eschenburg Award ...

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Religious Intolerance and the Strength of Religiosity

Religious Intolerance and the Strength of Religiosity

As we see demonstrations against an anti-Islam film in many Muslim countries, Professor Pippa Norris has published an informative blog post, arguing, based on empirical data, that there is a strong link between the strength of religiosity and religious intolerance, “irrespective of the predominant type of faith in each society.” She wrote: The 6th wave of the World Values Survey ...

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Ian Shapiro on Non-Domination

The current issue of University of Toronto Law Journal (Volume 62, Number 3, Summer 2012) has an important essay by Ian Shapiro, titled On Non-Domination, followed by a response by David Dyzenhaus (University of Toronto). This is the prolegomenon to a larger work by Shapiro entitled Justice against Domination that will be published by Harvard University Press. At Ian Shapiro’s ...

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The Right to Resist in the World’s Constitutions

Tom Ginsburg (Chicago Law School), Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez (Chicago Law School), and Mila Versteeg (University of Virginia School of Law) have posted a very interesting paper at SSRN: When to Overthrow Your Government: The Right to Resist in the World’s Constitutions Here is the abstract: On December 17 2010, a young Tunisian street vendor protesting an abusive police official set off ...

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Iran’s Ideological Constitution and Islamic Juristocracy

The latest issue of Constellations (Volume 19, Issue 2) has a special section on “Constitutional Revolutions and Counter-Revolutions”, originated in a conference under the same title in May 2011 at the New School University. In his contribution, titled Middle Eastern Constitutional and Ideological Revolutions and the Rise of Juristocracy, Saïd Amir Arjomand gives an account of two contrasting constitutional developments in ...

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