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    Citizen Tax Juries: Democratizing Tax Enforcement After the Panama Papers.Gordon Arlen - 2022 - Political Theory 50 (2):193-220.
    Four years after the Panama Papers scandal, tax avoidance remains an urgent moral-political problem. Moving beyond both the academic and policy mainstream, I advocate the “democratization of tax enforcement,” by which I mean systematic efforts to make tax avoiders accountable to the judgment of ordinary citizens. Both individual oligarchs and multinational corporations have access to sophisticated tax avoidance strategies that impose significant fiscal costs on democracies and exacerbate preexisting distributive and political inequalities. Yet much contemporary tax sheltering occurs within the (...)
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    Two Theories of Hegemony: Stuart Hall and Ernesto Laclau in Conversation.Gianmaria Colpani - 2022 - Political Theory 50 (2):221-246.
    This essay stages a critical conversation between Stuart Hall and Ernesto Laclau, comparing their different appropriations of Antonio Gramsci’s theory of hegemony. In the 1980s, Hall and Laclau engaged with Gramsci and with one another in order to conceptualize what they regarded as a triangular relation between the rise of Thatcherism, the crisis of the Left, and the emergence of new social movements. While many of their readers emphasize the undeniable similarities and mutual influences that exist between Hall and Laclau, (...)
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    Book Review: The Colonizing Self: Or, Home and Homelessness in Israel/Palestine, by Hagar Kotef. [REVIEW]Derek S. Denman - 2022 - Political Theory 50 (2):367-372.
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    Historicizing White Supremacist Terrorism with Ida B. Wells.Verena Erlenbusch-Anderson - 2022 - Political Theory 50 (2):275-304.
    In light of increasing white supremacist violence in the United States, calls to identify such violence as terrorism have surged in public discourse. Federal and state agencies have taken up these demands and included white supremacy in counterterrorism and national security policy. While this classification appears to remove the racist double standard in applications of the terrorism label, it has come under criticism for obscuring the history and distinctly U.S. American roots of white supremacy, on the one hand, and expanding (...)
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    The Political Theory of Data: Institutions, Algorithms, & Formats in Racial Redlining.Colin Koopman - 2022 - Political Theory 50 (2):337-361.
    Despite widespread recognition of an emergent politics of data in our midst, we strikingly lack a political theory of data. We readily acknowledge the presence of data across our political lives, but we often do not know how to conceptualize the politics of all those data points—the forms of power they constitute and the kinds of political subjects they implicate. Recent work in numerous academic disciplines is evidence of the first steps toward a political theory of data. This article maps (...)
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    Martin Luther King Jr. On Democratic Propaganda, Shame, and Moral Transformation.Meena Krishnamurthy - 2022 - Political Theory 50 (2):305-336.
    This essay develops an account of Martin Luther King Jr.’s justification for and use of what I will call “democratic propaganda”—truthful propaganda that is aimed at promoting and fostering democratic political action by stirring readers’ emotions. I interpret King’s famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail” in the broader context of his work and argue that it is a piece of democratic propaganda. I give an account of what led King to support the use of democratic propaganda and why he hoped it (...)
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    Book Review: The Fight for Time: Migrant Day Laborers and the Politics of Precarity, by Paul Apostolidis. [REVIEW]Joseph Lowndes - 2022 - Political Theory 50 (2):372-376.
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  8. Letter From the Coeditors.Davide Panagia, Nancy Luxon, Elisabeth Ellis & Joshua Foa Dienstag - 2022 - Political Theory 50 (2):191-192.
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    Book Review: Colonial Capitalism and the Dilemmas of Liberalism, by Onur Ulas Ince. [REVIEW]William Clare Roberts - 2022 - Political Theory 50 (2):362-367.
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    Between the Many and the One: Anticolonial Federalism and Popular Sovereignty.Nazmul S. Sultan - 2022 - Political Theory 50 (2):247-274.
    Recovering a marginal body of pluralist political thought from early twentieth-century India, this article explores how the question of popular sovereignty shaped the federalist reconfiguration of the anticolonial democratic project. The turn to federalism was facilitated by the Indian reckoning with Hegel in the late nineteenth century, which led to the diagnosis that the universality ascribed to monist sovereignty relies on a “unilinear” theory of development. Through a sustained engagement with British pluralist and American progressive thought, Indian federalist thinkers eventually (...)
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    Infrastructures of Decolonization: Scales of Worldmaking in the Writings of Frantz Fanon.Begüm Adalet - 2022 - Political Theory 50 (1):5-31.
    Political theorists are increasingly drawn to the recovery of anticolonial thinkers as global figures. Frantz Fanon is largely excluded from these discussions because of his presumed commitment to the nation-state and its territorialist assumptions. This essay claims, by contrast, that Fanon’s writings reveal an alternative way of thinking about worldmaking, less as a question of political and economic institution-building spearheaded by leaders than as a multiscalar project that permeates the production of the built environment and the creation of selves. I (...)
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    Desperate Responsibility: Precarity and Right-Wing Populism.Paul Apostolidis - 2022 - Political Theory 50 (1):114-141.
    This essay explores the mutual reinforcements between socioeconomic precarity and right-wing populism, and then envisions a politics that contests Trumpism through workers’ organizations that create alternatives to predominant patterns of subject formation through work. I first revisit my recent critique of precarity, which initiates a new method of critical theory informed by Paulo Freire’s political pedagogy of popular education. Reading migrant day laborers’ commentaries on their work experiences alongside critical accounts of today’s general work culture, this “critical-popular” procedure yields a (...)
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    A Race of Devils: Race-Making, Frankenstein, and The Modern Prometheus.P. J. Brendese - 2022 - Political Theory 50 (1):86-113.
    This essay engages Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus as a salient intervention into modern political theory. I analyze the work as a cipher for the tensions inhabiting Euro-modernity’s stitched together fictions of racial determinism and racial dynamism legible in slavery, assimilationist projects and White fears reverberating throughout. Adapting the mythical ancient Prometheus as one who steals fire from the gods to create humans and civilization, Frankenstein dramatizes the risks and monstrous results of White imperial masculinity as a Euro-colonial (...)
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    Rousseau, Bodin, and the Medieval Corporatist Origins of Popular Sovereignty.Dan Edelstein - 2022 - Political Theory 50 (1):142-168.
    This essay reconsiders Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s debt to Jean Bodin, on the basis of Daniel Lee’s recent revision of Bodin as a theorist of popular sovereignty. It argues that Rousseau took a key feature of his own theory of democratic sovereignty from Bodin—namely, the dual identity of political members as both citizens and subjects of the state. It further makes the case that this dual identity originates in medieval corporatist law, which Bodin was summarizing. Finally, it demonstrates the lasting impact of (...)
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    Book Review: Influx & Efflux: Writing Up with Walt Whitman, by Jane Bennett. [REVIEW]Michael Epp - 2022 - Political Theory 50 (1):182-186.
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    Land Grabbing and the Perplexities of Territorial Sovereignty.Anna Jurkevics - 2022 - Political Theory 50 (1):32-58.
    The recent phenomenon of land grabbing—that is, the large-scale acquisition of private land rights by foreign investors—is an effect of increasing global demand for farmland, resources, and development opportunities. In 2008–2010 alone, land grabs covered approximately 56 million hectares of land, dispossessing and displacing inhabitants. This article proposes a philosophical framework for evaluating land grabbing as a practice of territorial alienation, whereby the private purchase of land can, under certain conditions, lead to a de facto alienation of territorial sovereignty. If (...)
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    Book Review: On Borders: Territories, Legitimacy, and the Rights of Place, by Paulina Ochoa Espejo. [REVIEW]Catherine Lu - 2022 - Political Theory 50 (1):177-182.
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    Review Essay: Rethinking the Political During Bad Times: Davina Cooper’s Feeling Like a State and Noëlle McAfee’s Fear of Breakdown. [REVIEW]James Martel - 2022 - Political Theory 50 (1):169-176.
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  19. Letter From the Coeditors.Davide Panagia, Nancy Luxon, Elisabeth Ellis & Joshua Foa Dienstag - 2022 - Political Theory 50 (1):3-4.
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    Agonism, Democracy, and the Moral Equality of Voice.Stephen K. White - 2022 - Political Theory 50 (1):59-85.
    Agonism emerged three decades ago as an assault on the overemphasis in political theory on justice and consensus. It has now become the norm. But its character and relation to core values of democracy are not as unproblematic today as is often thought, an issue that becomes more pressing as contemporary politics increasingly seem locked into notions of unrelenting conflict between “friends” and “enemies.” This essay traces alternative ontological roots and ethical implications of agonism, distinguishing between “imperializing” and “tempered” modes. (...)
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