New Book: ‘Politics in the Age of Austerity’

New Book: ‘Politics in the Age of Austerity’

Politics in the Age of Austerity By Wolfgang Streeck and Armin Schäfer Published by Polity Press – March 29, 2013 Wolfgang Streeck is Managing Director at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, Germany. Armin Schäfer is a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, Germany. Description: In a world of ...

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New Book: ‘Muslim Secular Democracy’

Muslim Secular Democracy: Voices from Within Edited by Lily Zubaidah Rahim (University of Sydney) Published by Palgrave Macmillan March 20, 2013 Sample chapter [PDF] Description: Muslim Secular Democracy: Voices From Within provides an expansive understanding of secularism in the Muslim World by exploring different trajectories and varieties of secularism, from the failed authoritarian secular state of Pahlavi Iran and the ...

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Axel Honneth on Education and the Public Sphere

Axel Honneth on Education and the Public Sphere

This is Axel Honnet’s speech under the title ‘Education and the Public Sphere; a Neglected Chapter of Political Philosophy’, given at the Faculty of Philosophy of  the Comenius University in Bratislava on March 15, 2013, followed by a Q&A session.

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New Book: ‘Making Human Rights a Reality’

New Book: ‘Making Human Rights a Reality’

Making Human Rights a Reality by Emilie M. Hafner-Burton Published by Princeton University Press – March 2013 Chapter 1 : The Problem of Human Rights [PDF] Description: In the last six decades, one of the most striking developments in international law is the emergence of a massive body of legal norms and procedures aimed at protecting human rights. In many ...

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Constellations Special Issue on Human Rights

Constellations Special Issue on Human Rights

The Current issue of Constellations (Volume 20, Issue 1, March 2013) has a special section on human rights, guest edited by Rainer Forst, Christoph Menke, and Stefan Gosepath. The section contains six papers by Seyla Benhabib, Charles Beitz, Etienne Balibar, Ahmed An-Na’im, Costas Douzinas, and Susanne Baer. This special issue originated in the international conference, “Human Rights Today: Foundations and Politics,” which ...

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Quentin Skinner: ‘How Machiavellian was Machiavelli?’

Quentin Skinner: ‘How Machiavellian was Machiavelli?’

On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the composition of Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince, Quentin Skinner delivered this public lecture, titled ‘How Machiavellian was Machiavelli?’ at the University of York on 12 February 2013. Quentin Skinner is the Barber Beaumont Professor of the Humanities at Queen Mary, University of London.

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Oil and Autocratic Regime Survival

Oil and Autocratic Regime Survival

New draft paper by Joseph Wright, Erica Frantz, and Barbara Geddes examines how oil revenues promote autocratic survival: Oil and Autocratic Regime Survival [PDF] Here is the abstract: Does oil income stabilize autocratic regimes? While the conventional wisdom claims that oil wealth prolongs autocratic rule by hindering democratization, recent challenges to this claim suggest that no relationship between oil and ...

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Typology of Religious Arguments in Public Reason

Typology of Religious Arguments in Public Reason

Andrew March (Yale) has posted Rethinking Religious Reasons in Public Justification on SSRN. Here is the abstract: This paper intervenes in the debate on the place of religious arguments in public reason. I advance the debate not by asking whether something called “religious reasons” ought to be invoked in the justification of coercive laws, but by creating a typology of ...

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Panel Discussion: ‘Civil Rights in Muslim Democracies’

Panel Discussion: ‘Civil Rights in Muslim Democracies’

On January 28, 2013, Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs held a panel discussion entitled “Civil Rights in Muslim Democracies” with Jocelyne Cesari, Senior Research Fellow at the Berkley Center, Daniel Brumberg, Associate Professor of Government and Co-Director of Democracy and Governance Studies at Georgetown University, José Casanova, Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University, and Nader ...

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Iran Tribunal Published Its Final Judgment

Iran Tribunal Published Its Final Judgment

The Iran Tribunal, a symbolic, non-binding legal tribunal, particularly focused on the decade of human rights abuses perpetrated by the Islamic Republic of Iran against political prisoners throughout the 1980s, has published its final judgement. The Iran Tribunal comprised of two stages: a ‘Truth Commission’ and the ‘Tribunal’. The Commission (June 2012) collected statements, witnessed documents and dossiers and produced ...

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