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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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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Donald Horowitz: ‘Ethnic Power-Sharing and Democracy’

Donald Horowitz: ‘Ethnic Power-Sharing and Democracy’

Donald L. Horowitz delivered the 2013 Lipset Lecture on Democracy in the World, titled “Ethnic Power-Sharing and Democracy: Three Big Problems” on November 7, 2013 in Washington D.C. The Seymour Martin Lipset Lecture series are organized by the Embassy of Canada and the International Forum for Democratic Studies at the National Endowment for Democracy. Professor Horowitz is the James B. ...

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Ali Mirsepassi: ‘The “Human Sciences” on Trial in Iran’

Ali Mirsepassi: ‘The “Human Sciences” on Trial in Iran’

Ali Mirsepassi (NYU) delivered a public lecture titled ‘the “Human Sciences” on Trial in Iran‘ at the London School of Economics on 7th November 2013. Here is the short abstract of  lecture:  Why the “human sciences” have become the target of a major government crackdown in Iran today. This talk will focus thematically upon a specific conceptual shift. Today’s religious-reformist intellectuals articulating ...

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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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