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Diversity, Intersectionality and the Politics of Presence

Citizenship
Democracy
Gender
P009
Silvia Erzeel
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Anne Phillips
The London School of Economics & Political Science
Eline Severs
Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Friday 11:00 - 12:45 (12/06/2015)

Building: University Building Room: X

Abstract

Twenty years after publication, Anne Phillips’ seminal work on ‘The Politics of Presence’ still inspires many scholars of democratic theory, political representation, citizenship and multiculturalism. Its basic tenet, that the politics of ideas is incapable of dealing with political exclusion, challenged common assumptions that democracy functions well without the presence of historically disadvantaged groups in elected assemblies. Phillips’ arguments are still very relevant in today’s super-diverse societies, but ideas of ‘group representation’ are also increasingly challenged. What is the basis for a politics of presence when group interests are slippery and identities are multiple? How do hierarchies between groups structure political inclusion? What is the relationship between group representation and deliberation? And is it justifiable to support the ‘non-presence’ of groups? This panel pays tribute to and evaluates 20 years of academic research on ‘The Politics of Presence’. It invites scholars to reflect on past findings and set the agenda for future research.

Title Details
Too much Presence? Men’s Interests and Male Intersectionality View Paper Details
The Politics of Non-Presence View Paper Details
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Intersectional Institutions: Representing Women and Ethnic Minorities in the UK Labour Party View Paper Details
Responses View Paper Details