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Popular Sovereignty, Democracy and Representation

Civil Society
Democracy
Extremism
Political Theory
Populism
Representation
P327
Dirk Jörke
Technische Universität Darmstadt
Anthoula Malkopoulou
Lunds Universitet
Dirk Jörke
Technische Universität Darmstadt

Saturday 11:00 - 12:40 (10/09/2016)

Building: Faculty of Law Floor: 1 Room: FL103

Abstract

Democracy is largely understood as government by the people. Yet, both the processes of formation of a people and its actual substance are highly contentious issues. In addition to scholarly disagreement, political reality itself conditions who a people is or what a people is justified to do. In other words, there are multiple approaches regarding the constitution and the role of the collective subject. Furthermore, in the context of representational democracies, a people naturally features internal differences. How a democracy is supposed to handle such differences becomes problematic when political actors raise populist claims of representing a unitary people or, worse yet, when they openly harbor anti-democratic agendas. Our panel will address such problems that depend on shifting interpretations of popular sovereignty, democratic representation and popular action.

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