Monthly Archives: October 2012

2nd CFP: Liberalism and Republicanism: Public Policy Implications

2nd CFP: Liberalism and Republicanism: Public Policy Implications

SchoolofPublic Policy, Department of Political Science,UniversityCollegeLondon

13 February, 2013

* Please note the change of date from the original call for papers

Keynote speaker:

Dr Stuart White (Oxford): ‘The Liberal Contribution to Republican Political Theory’

In recent years there has been a growing interest among political theorists and philosophers in republican political thought. Influenced by the works of Quentin Skinner and Philip Pettit, proponents of this tradition typically claim it as a critical and superior alternative to mainstream liberal political theory. Yet it still remains unclear whether these two traditions are genuinely antagonistic. Historically, there is a considerable overlap in the canon of republicanism and liberalism. Theoretically, while past debates focused on different conceptions of liberty, contemporary work reveals some common ground between the two traditions. read more...

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My appearance with Glenn Loury on is now online. We discuss hate speech, Holocaust denial, and a variety of other free speech issues addressed in When the State Speaks, What Should It Say? How Democracies Can Protect Expression and Promote Equality. I thought it might be of interest to those who are considering participating in or following the upcoming online reading group on the book.

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CFP – Challenges to Participation in Democracy


Conference – Challenges to Participation in Democracy

University of Lisbon, Faculty of Letters, 16th-17th May 2013

Recent political events have brought the problem of political participation to a new light by promoting active participation in ‘occupy movements’ that do not require (and even tend to escape from) traditional political institutions. What was once regarded in Western democracies as a general attitude of passive acquiescence coexisting with an occasional slothful dissent has turned into a cry out for active participation in actual decision-making processes. read more...

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Is it Irrational to Vote?

A response at the Economist to Katherine Magnu-Ward’s argument in Reason against the rationality of voting.

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CONF: The Republican Model and Diversity, University of Copenhagen, November 8th

The Republican Model and Diversity
November 8th 2012
Room 27.0.09, University of Copenhagen in Amager, metro Islands Brygge

Workshop organized by the Centre for the Study of Equality of Multiculturalism (CESEM) in collaboration with the Institut Français and the French Embassy in Denmark.

This workshop will be devoted to examining republicanism, especially the French republican model, its successes and failures as regards the management of diversity. It will be an opportunity for critically engaging the fecundity of this model as an alternative to the liberal model as well as its limitations. The focus will be on the model itself, its constitutive principles, its practical features as well as the nature of the discussions that it generates in Denmark and France. read more...

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When the State Speaks Reading Group: Schedule

This post is meant as a reference point for any and all posts that related to our reading group on Corey Brettschneider’s When the State Speaks, What Should It Say? Below I list our reading schedule along with the name and affiliation of the discussant for each week. We will cover the introduction, Chapters 1-5 and the Conclusion over the course of three or four weeks. The first post goes up November 12th and the last post goes up November 29th, though discussion can continue for a week or so thereafter.

In the light of successful reading groups past, I suggest that we divide the posts roughly into an expository part and a critical part. I also hope that we can structure criticisms so as to facilitate constructive discussion. Discussion in the comments should focus largely on the issues raised in the post. read more...

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