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New Book — Exit Left: Markets and Mobility in Republican Thought

Robert S. Taylor, Exit Left: Markets and Mobility in Republican Thought (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017), xiv + 130 pp.


How can citizens best protect themselves from the arbitrary power of abusive spouses, tyrannical bosses, and corrupt politicians? Taylor’s new book, Exit Left, makes the case that in each of these three spheres the answer is the same: exit. By promoting open and competitive markets and providing the information and financial resources necessary to enable exit, we can empower people’s voices and offer them an escape from abuse and exploitation. This will advance a conception of freedom, viz. freedom as non-domination (FND), that is central to contemporary republican thought. Neorepublicans have typically promoted FND through constitutional means (separation of powers, judicial review, the rule of law, and federalism) and participatory ones (democratic elections and oversight), but Exit Left focuses on economic means, ones that have been neglected by contemporary republicans but were commonly invoked in the older, commercial-republican tradition of Alexander Hamilton, Immanuel Kant, and Adam Smith. This book’s revival and revision of commercial republicanism will enlarge republican practice by encouraging greater use of market mechanisms, even as it hews closely to existing republican theory. read more...

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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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