From Maastricht to Brexit by Richard Bellamy and Dario Castiglione

Critical Perspectives on Republicanism and Democracy

Political Theory
Normative Theory
Panel Number
Panel Chair
Bruno Leipold
Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
Panel Co-Chair
Guy Aitchison
University College Dublin
Panel Discussant
Guy Aitchison
University College Dublin
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24/08/2018 17:40
Building: VMP 5 Floor: 2 Room: 2091
This panel brings together papers that seek to re-examine and interrogate the core principles of republican political theory, extending them to new political subjects and new domains of decision-making. The initial wave of republican studies has been increasingly criticised for its neglect of the economic and social aspects of domination; for uncritically accepting the structures of liberal democracy and for its reliance on a historical narrative that excludes non-Western and more modern instantiations of republicanism. This panel will bring together these emerging critical perspectives and will examine a number of key questions:

- Should republicans fear or embrace 'populism'?
- What, if anything, does republicanism add to traditional liberal models of constitutionalism?
- What does republicanism have to say about the political rights of undocumented migrants, refugees, temporary workers and other migrants?
- Are border controls a legitimate expression of popular sovereignty or an unjust source of arbitrary power?
- How have republican themes been developed and interpreted within non-Western intellectual traditions?
- How can republican principles inform a critique of international, supra-national and global political institutions?
- How does the republican ideal of non-domination illuminate forms of oppression rooted in social identity?
- How does republican non-domination relate to insights from critical theory and post-structuralism?

Paper List

Democracy is Not about Non-Domination View Paper Details
EU Migration, Welfare Rights and Non-Domination View Paper Details
Imperative Mandates: Prospects for Democratic Accountability View Paper Details
Republicanism, Popular Resistance and the Idea of Rights View Paper Details
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