This issue begins with Peter Strandbrink’s argument that “standard liberal democratic theory should be pressed significantly harder to recognize the lexical and conceptual fact that civic political and cognitive participation in mass liberal democracies belong to different theoretical species.” It is by conflating both of these theoretical species, which Strandbrink sees as the dominant tendency in contemporary democratic theory, that we inhibit our ability to critically evaluate “epistocratic theoretical registers.” Further unsettling is Stranbrink’s view that, once separated from each other, neither the theories of civic political or cognitive participation offer much help in dealing with the rise of “alt-facts” or “post-truth” in liberal democratic societies today.
Jean-Paul Gagnon and Mark Chou
Some Senses of Pan-Africanism from the South
Traces of Pan Africanism and African Nationalism in Africa Today
Raphael de Kadt
Democratic Theory in a Time of Defiance
Jean-Paul Gagnon and Emily Beausoleil
Decolonising Colonialism and Its Legacies in Africa
Edited by Lawrence Hamilton
Jean-Paul Gagnon and George Vasilev
The editors would like to sincerely thank the following peer reviewers for giving of their time and expertise so generously.