Workshop: New Approaches to Political Cohesion in Democratic Processes – University of Exeter, Wednesday 29 November 2017

Workshop: New Approaches to Political Cohesion in Democratic Processes

This workshop is sponsored by the Centre of Political Thought (University of Exeter), together with the University of Oxford and the Political Thought Specialist Group of the PSA.

University of Exeter, Wednesday 29 November 2017, Reed Hall, Ibrahim Ahmed Room – 12:45-18:30

This workshop places an emphasis on the relationship between democratic processes and political cohesion that goes beyond the simplistic formula of competitive democrats. Political cohesion, or the commitment to a common political project, is a matter of degree and processes leading to the peaceful resolution of conflict are just one way of contributing to this phenomenon. Indeed, political processes can embody values and produce norms that may legitimate the political system in one way or another and lead to much deeper forms of political cohesion among members of a political community than that which is allowed for by the mere avoidance of violent conflict. On the one hand, we consider the circumstances under which competitive elections can do more than peacefully resolve conflict by contributing in a deeper sense to citizens’ commitment to democratic values. On the other hand, as procedural and substantive democrats recognise, there is much more to democracy than free and fair elections. We therefore expand our inquiry beyond election to understand how other democratic values and activities may contribute towards political cohesion.

Speakers: Matteo Bonotti (Cardiff), Joseph Lacey (Oxford), Jonathan White (LSE), Dario Castiglione (Exeter), Sandra Kröger (Exeter), Richard Bellamy (EUI, Florence), Sofia Näsström (Uppsala), Carole Pateman (UCLA and Cardiff), David Owen (Southampton)

Participation is free of charge, but participants must register. Places may be limited. Please contact Dario Castiglione ( no later than 14 November 2017.

Further details about the programme can be found at the following link:

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