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  1. Democracy Confronts Diversity: Descriptive Representation in Victorian Britain.Gregory Conti - 2019 - Political Theory 47 (2):230-257.
    Today political theorists and the public generally often associate descriptive representation with democracy. However, in Victorian Britain supporters of descriptive representation tended to be arrayed against democracy. The impression that democracy was incompatible with descriptive representation and a set of related values, primary among which was deliberation, formed one of the great obstacles which democratic theory faced in this period. These values belonged to a traditional theory of representation which held that Parliament ought to be a mirror of the nation (...)
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  2. Response to Umbers: An Instability of the Duty and Right to Vote.Ten-Herng Lai - forthcoming - Res Publica:1-6.
    Lachlan Umbers defends democracy against Jason’s Brennan’s competence objection, by showing that voting even incompetently does not violate the rights of others, as the risk imposed is negligible, and furthermore lower than other permissible actions, e.g. driving. I show there are costs in taking this line of argument. Accepting it would make arguing for the duty to vote more difficult in two ways: since voting incompetently is permissible, and not voting imposes less risk than not voting, then not voting is (...)
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  3. Democratic Equality: An Egalitarian Defense of Political Mediation.Daniel Innerarity - forthcoming - Constellations.
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  4. Deliberative Systems Theory and Activism.Ben Cross - forthcoming - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy:1-18.
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  5. Propaganda, Misinformation, and the Epistemic Value of Democracy.Étienne Brown - 2018 - Critical Review 30 (3-4):194-218.
    If citizens are to make enlightened collective decisions, they need to rely on true factual beliefs, but misinformation impairs their ability to do so. Although some cases of misinformation are deliberate and amount to propaganda, cases of inadvertent misinformation are just as problematic in affecting the beliefs and behavior of democratic citizens. A review of empirical evidence suggests that this is a serious problem that cannot entirely be corrected by means of deliberation.
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  6. The Concept of Political Competence.Matthias Brinkmann - 2018 - Critical Review 30 (3-4):163-193.
    Two crucial distinctions regarding political competence must be made. First, the mere probability that you will make a morally right decision (reliability) is distinct from your ability to skillfully make a decision (competence). Empirical and normative accounts have focused primarily on reliability, but competence is more important if we take central normative commitments seriously. Second, the competence you have on your own (direct competence) is distinct from the competence you have in contributing to some collective enterprise (contributory competence). Direct competence (...)
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  7. Democratic Inclusion Beyond the State?Rainer Bauböck, Joseph H. Carens, Sean W. D. Gray, Jennifer C. Rubenstein & Melissa S. Williams - 2019 - Contemporary Political Theory 18 (1):88-114.
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  8. Firms as Political Entities. Saving Democracy Through Economic Bicameralism.Jean-Philippe Deranty - 2019 - Critical Horizons 20 (1):95-98.
  9. Freedom and Political Form: On Philip Pettit’s Republican Theory of Democracy.Roland Axtmann - 2019 - Critical Horizons 20 (1):20-39.
    ABSTRACTThis article critically engages with Philip Pettit’s republican political philosophy, and with his republican theory of democracy in particular. After a brief summary of Pettit’s conceptualisation of freedom as non-domination, the paper focuses on the question as to which institutional arrangement Pettit considers commensurate with this normative ideal. The paper prepares the ground for a critical reconstruction of Pettit’s theory of democracy by highlighting the understanding of democracy in the republican tradition within which Pettit aims to develop his contemporary theory (...)
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  10. Democratic Compatibilism.Peter J. Josse - forthcoming - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy:1-22.
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  11. Book Review: American Immanence: Democracy for an Uncertain World by Michael S. Hogue. [REVIEW]Andrew R. Murphy - forthcoming - Political Theory:009059171882189.
  12. Akan Chiefs and Queen Mothers in Contemporary Ghana: Examples of Democracy, or Accountable Authority?Gail Presbey - 2001 - International Journal of African Studies 3 (1):63-83.
    The paper evaluates the claims of Kwame Gyekye and Kwasi Wiredu that the Akan traditional governance structures are just as democratic or even more democratic that Western style representative democracies.
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  13. Book Review: American Mourning: Tragedy, Democracy, Resilience, by Simon Stow. [REVIEW]Heather Pool - forthcoming - Political Theory:009059171878671.
  14. Response: The Democratic Case for Partisanship.Jonathan White & Lea Ypi - 2019 - Political Theory 47 (1):106-113.
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  15. Book Review: The Government of the Peoples: On the Idea and Principles of Multilateral Democracy, by Cheneval Francis. [REVIEW]Joseph Lacey - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (6):885-889.
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  16. Book Review: Politics as Radical Creation: Herbert Marcuse & Hannah Arendt on Political Performativity by Christopher Holman. [REVIEW]Michiel Bot - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (5):731-734.
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  17. Book Review: Democracy by Disclosure: The Rise of Technopopulism.Charles J. Austin - 2003 - Inquiry: The Journal of Health Care Organization, Provision, and Financing 40 (4):418-419.
  18. Introduction to the Special Issue on World Government.Attila Tanyi - forthcoming - Philosophical Papers.
    In this introduction, I first present the general problematic of the special issue. Our world faces several existential challenges war, and global injustice) and some would argue that the only adequate answer to these challenges is setting up a world government. I then introduce the contributions that comprise the scholarly body of the special section: Abumere on legitimacy, Director on global public reason, Clark on world religion, Tännsjö on global despotism, Taiwo on nation states and basic structures, Erman on global (...)
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  19. The Labors of Justice: Democracy, Respect, and Judicial Review.Jeffrey W. Howard - 2019 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 22 (2):176-199.
  20. Should We Be Afraid? Liberal Democracy, Democratic Backsliding, and Contemporary Populism.Benjamin Ask Popp-Madsen - forthcoming - Contemporary Political Theory.
  21. Deciding the Demos: Three Conceptions of Democratic Legitimacy.Ludvig Beckman - 2017 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy:1-20.
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  22. The Labors of Justice: Democracy, Respect, and Judicial Review.Jeffrey W. Howard - 2017 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy:1-24.
  23. Democratic Epistemology and Democratic Morality: The Appeal and Challenges of Peircean Pragmatism.Annabelle Lever & Clayton Chin - 2017 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy:1-22.
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  24. Organic Social Change.James Abordo Ong - 2017 - Distinktion 18 (1):59-81.
    The distinctness of each person’s life and experience is an important consideration in dominant accounts of how democratic institutions should distribute basic rights and liberties. Drawing on recent social movements, philosophers like Iris Marion Young, Miranda Fricker, and Axel Honneth have nonetheless drawn attention to the distinctive claims and challenges that plurality and difference entrain in democratic societies by analysing how the dominant discourses on rights and justice tend to elide, obscure, or reify the lived experiences of individuals belonging to (...)
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  25. The Normativity of Democracy.Roberto Frega - 2017 - European Journal of Political Theory.
    The aim of this paper is to advance our understanding of the normative grammar of the concept of democracy by distinguishing two levels at which a political concept may play a normative function, and proceeds by analysing the concept of democracy at these two levels. It distinguishes in particular between normativity as ‘norm-compliance’ and normativity as ‘paradigmatic’ and contends that the concept of democracy has a normative content that extends over both levels. A model of democracy consistent with this approach (...)
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  26. From Body to Flesh: Lefort, Merleau-Ponty, and Democratic Indeterminacy.Salih Emre Gerçek - 2017 - European Journal of Political Theory.
    Claude Lefort’s theory of democratic indeterminacy has been an influential source among democratic theorists to demonstrate that democratic times lack absolute and determinate grounds on which to base and justify collectivities in the name of society or the people. However, few readers have paid sustained attention to Lefort’s advice that we should read Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenological move from the idea of “body” to “flesh” to grasp the experience of indeterminacy. This article attends to this advice, and excavates how Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenological (...)
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  27. Property-Owning Democracy as an Alternative to Capitalism.Paul Raekstad - 2017 - European Journal of Political Theory.
    Alan Thomas’ Republic of Equals: Predistribution and Property-Owning Democracy sets itself the ambitious task of synthesising neo-republican political theory and Rawlsian justice as fairness. It is an important and challenging work that will set the stage for a great deal of the discussion not only on justice and republicanism, but also on property-owning democracy, market socialism and broader discussions of alternative economic institutions to come. After reconstructing the argument of the book, this review article turns to some specific points it (...)
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  28. Epistemic Democracy and the Role of Experts.Cathrine Holst & Anders Molander - forthcoming - Contemporary Political Theory:1-21.
    Epistemic democrats are rightly concerned with the quality of outcomes and judge democratic procedures in terms of their ability to ‘track the truth’. However, their impetus to assess ‘rule by experts’ and ‘rule by the people’ as mutually exclusive has led to a meagre treatment of the role of expert knowledge in democracy. Expertise is often presented as a threat to democracy but is also crucial for enlightened political processes. Contemporary political philosophy has so far paid little attention to our (...)
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  29. Mapping Rule and Subversion: Perspective and the Democratic Turn in Machiavelli Scholarship.Boris Litvin - 2015 - European Journal of Political Theory 18 (1):3-25.
    This paper engages the debate within the ‘democratic turn’ in Machiavelli scholarship, where an ‘institutional’ approach has celebrated Machiavelli's theorisation of the institutions under which the people can rule while a ‘no-rule’ approach has traced Machiavelli's attention to the popular capacity to subvert all relations of rule. What do we make of Machiavelli's concurrent reception as a champion of popular rule and an antagonist to all rule? I argue that both institutionalising and subversive impulses appear simultaneously in Machiavelli's works, though (...)
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  30. Democratic Theory for a Market Democracy: The Problem of Merriment and Diversion When Regulators and the Regulated Meet.Wayne Norman & Aaron Ancell - 2018 - Journal of Social Philosophy 49 (4):536-563.
  31. Democratic Freedom as Resistance Against Self‐Hatred, Epistemic Injustice, and Oppression in Paulo Freire's Critical Theory.Gustavo H. Dalaqua - forthcoming - Constellations.
  32. The Struggle for Democracy: Paradoxes of Progress and the Politics of Change. Christopher Meckstroth, Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press, 2015.Jakob Huber - 2018 - Constellations 25 (4):682-684.
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  33. The Principle of Subsidiarity: A Democratic Reinterpretation.Trevor Latimer - 2018 - Constellations 25 (4):586-601.
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  34. Democratic Inclusion in Polities and Governance Arrangements.Veit Bader - 2018 - Constellations 25 (4):570-585.
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  35. On a Radical Democratic Theory of Political Protest: Potentials and Shortcomings.Christian Volk - forthcoming - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy:1-23.
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  36. Towards a Democracy-Centred Ethics.Annabelle Lever - 2019 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 22 (1):18-33.
  37. Central Banking in Rawls’s Property-Owning Democracy.Jens van ’T. Klooster - forthcoming - Political Theory:009059171881037.
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  38. Decolonizing Radical Democracy.Jakeet Singh - forthcoming - Contemporary Political Theory.
    This article explores some of the central challenges presented by decolonial thought to other critical, progressive, or emancipatory theories, especially theories of radical democracy. The article has two main aims. First it seeks to synthesize and highlight a number of key strands and interventions of contemporary decolonial thought. It does so through a reading of several decolonial literatures including the Latin American modernity/coloniality school, as well as research in Indigenous Studies and Settler Colonial Studies focused largely on the Anglo settler (...)
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  39. Solar Geoengineering and Democracy.Joshua Horton, Jesse Reynolds, Holly Jean Buck, Daniel Edward Callies, Stefan Schaefer, David Keith & Steve Rayner - 2018 - Global Environmental Politics 3 (18):5-24.
    Some scientists suggest that it might be possible to reflect a portion of incoming sunlight back into space to reduce climate change and its impacts. Others argue that such solar radiation management (SRM) geoengineering is inherently incompatible with democracy. In this article, we reject this incompatibility argument. First, we counterargue that technologies such as SRM lack innate political characteristics and predetermined social effects, and that democracy need not be deliberative to serve as a standard for governance. We then rebut each (...)
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  40. The Democratic Production of Political Cohesion: Partisanship, Institutional Design and Life Form.Richard Bellamy, Matteo Bonotti, Dario Castiglione, Joseph Lacey, Sofia Näsström, David Owen & Jonathan White - forthcoming - Contemporary Political Theory:1-29.
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  41. Political Uses of Utopia: New Marxist, Anarchist, and Radical Democratic Perspectives.Paul Raekstad - forthcoming - Contemporary Political Theory:1-4.
  42. Rethinking Radical Democracy.Paulina Tambakaki - forthcoming - Contemporary Political Theory:1-21.
    Over the course of three decades, vocabularies of radical democracy have pressed their stamp on democratic thought. Trading on the intuition that there is more to democracy than elections, they have generated critical insights into the important role that practices of pluralisation and critique play in bettering institutional politics. As a result, few would today deny the radical democratic contribution to democratic thought. What many might question, however, is its continuing traction. The article probes this question, focusing on the nuanced (...)
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  43. Book Review: Beyond Origins: Rethinking Founding in a Time of Constitutional Democracy, by Angélica Maria Bernal. [REVIEW]Joshua Simon - 2019 - Political Theory 47 (1):126-132.
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  44. Deliberative Democracy and the Problem of Tacit Knowledge.Jonathan Benson - 2018 - Politics, Philosophy and Economics 18 (1):76-97.
    This article defends deliberative democracy against the problem of tacit knowledge. It has been argued that deliberative democracy gives a privileged position to linguistic communication and therefore excludes tacit forms of knowledge which cannot be expressed propositionally. This article shows how the exclusion of such knowledge presents important challenges to both proceduralist and epistemic conceptions of deliberative democracy, and how it has been taken by some to favour markets over democratic institutions. After pointing to the limitations of market alternatives, deliberative (...)
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  45. Rage Inside the Machine: Defending the Place of Anger in Democratic Speech.Maxime Lepoutre - 2018 - Politics, Philosophy and Economics 17 (4):398-426.
    According to an influential objection, which Martha Nussbaum has powerfully restated, expressing anger in democratic public discourse is counterproductive from the standpoint of justice. To resist this challenge, this article articulates a crucial yet underappreciated sense in which angry discourse is epistemically productive. Drawing on recent developments in the philosophy of emotion, which emphasize the distinctive phenomenology of emotion, I argue that conveying anger to one’s listeners is epistemically valuable in two respects: first, it can direct listeners’ attention to elusive (...)
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  46. Anarchism and Art: Democracy in the Cracks and on the Margins.Allan Antliff - 2018 - Contemporary Political Theory 17 (4):209-211.
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  47. Public Things: Democracy in Disrepair.Irena Rosenthal - 2018 - Contemporary Political Theory 17 (S4):205-208.
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  48. Cultural Violence, Hegemony and Agonistic Interventions.Fuat Gürsözlü - 2018 - In Peace, Culture, and Violence. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill. pp. 84-105.
    The chapter explores Johan Galtung’s theory of cultural violence from the perspective of a hegemony centered account of the social. It argues that once we take hegemony as a central organizing idea of the social, it becomes possible to recognize the limits of Galtung’s account of cultural violence and why his response to it remains weak. It defends a politics of contestation and a politics of disruption as possible ways to counter the risks introduced by cultural violence.
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  49. Politicising Digital Space: Theory, the Internet and Renewing Democracy.Simon Tormey - forthcoming - Contemporary Political Theory:1-4.
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  50. Foucauldian Security and the Threat to Democratic Policy-Making.Richard Togman - forthcoming - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy:1-23.
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