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Representation, Truthfulness and Lies in Politics

Democracy
Political Theory
Representation
Ethics
Brexit
P327
Sandra Kröger
University of Exeter
Vittorio Bufacchi
University College Cork

Friday 11:00 - 12:40 (06/09/2019)

Building: (Building C) Faculty of Law, Administration & Economics Floor: 4th floor Room: 405

Abstract

This panel seeks to deepen our understanding of the place of truthfulness in European politics and the extent to which truthfulness is expected and pursued in political discourse in Europe. Is truthfulness still a widely held norm of democratic politics or are we moving towards a post-truth era in which citizens and/or political leaders are giving up on truth and as a result do not mind if political leaders bullshit and are not truthful? The absence of truthfulness is particularly spread in populist discourse. However, the use of lies and misinformation by politicians undermines the basic principles of democratic society based on political equality, and institutionalised through processes of authorisation and accountability. This panel invites normative, theoretical and empirical papers which address question such: what is the place of truth in representative democratic politics? Can representatives lie and still act democratically? Do citizens expect their political representatives to be truthful to them? What institutional features of representative democracies do political representatives and citizens experience as incentives and disincentives to truthfulness?

Title Details
Democracy, Truthfulness and the Crisis of Representation: Richard Bellamy and Sandra Kröger View Paper Details
Truth, Post-Truth and Truthfulness View Paper Details
The Place of Truthfulness in Brexit Politics Post-Referendum: Democratic Representation or Discursive Manipulation? View Paper Details
Speaking the Truth about Climate Change: Reflections of US Climate Denialism in European Political Discourse View Paper Details