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Organized Interests and the Prospects of a Global Democracy

Leif Lewin

global democracy. Intensity Dinner is over. Mr. and Mrs. Jones and Mr. and Mrs. Smith are having coffee. The question arises: What shall we do this evening? Play bridge? Go to the movies? Listen to some chamber music from the local FM station? Sit and

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Epistocracy and Democratic Participation in a Post-Truth World

Peter Standbrink

This article investigates civic-political and cognitive participation as they play out in democratic theory. Its core purpose is to develop a conceptual-normative critique of the presupposition in liberal democratic theory that these logics are mutually reinforcing and complementary. This misunderstanding of a theoretical ambivalence contributes to inhibiting constructive assessment of epistocratic*technocratic frameworks of democratic interpretation and theory. I demonstrate that these logics circulate contrasting views of democratic power and legitimacy and should be disentangled to make sense of liberal democratic theoretical and political spaces. This critique is then fed into a political-epistemological interrogation of post-truth and alt-facts rhetorical registers in contemporary liberal democratic life, concluding that neither logic of participation can harbor this unanticipated and fundamentally nonaligned way of doing liberal democratic democracy.

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War without Citizens

Memorialization, War, and Democracy in the United States

Stephen J. Rosow

Contestation over war memorialization can help democratic theory respond to the current attenuation of citizenship in war in liberal democratic states, especially the United States. As war involves more advanced technologies and fewer soldiers, the relation of citizenship to war changes. In this context war memorialization plays a particular role in refiguring the relation. Current practices of remembering and memorializing war in contemporary neoliberal states respond to a dilemma: the state needs to justify and garner support for continual wars while distancing citizenship from participation. The result is a consumer culture of memorialization that seeks to effect a unity of the political community while it fights wars with few citizens and devalues the public. Neoliberal wars fought with few soldiers and an economic logic reveals the vulnerability to otherness that leads to more active and critical democratic citizenship.

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Editorial

Mark Chou and Jean-Paul Gagnon

democracy at play. The issue then features a book symposium that critically engages Carol Gould’s Interactive Democracy: The Social Roots of Global Justice (2014). The symposium features four interlocutors: Nancy Love, Sanford Schram, Luis Cabrera, and

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Mark Chou and Jean-Paul Gagnon

affected interests. As he notes, given the important roles NGOs play in the global arena, it is essential to develop a conceptual framework for understanding who is affected and how they can be represented. The final research article by Amit Ron also

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Jean-Paul Gagnon

political and liberal democracy and worker's rights. The first trap for leftist parties is drifting to the right. The second is making promises to electors that the democratic system in play cannot meet. Panayotakis reveals how both traps are vote

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Jean-Paul Gagnon and Emily Beausoleil

balance of optimism and caution. “Due to their confrontational, mediated format,” Turkenburg writes, TEDs “also have benefits that suggest these debates could play a constructive role in spiking reflection and engagement, precisely because of strategically

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Sectarianism and Recognition in Iraq

From Consociationalism to Deliberation?

Nicolas Pirsoul

of religious and ethnic identities in that part of the world and their impact on politics. This article analyzes the contemporary political reality of Iraq with a particular emphasis on the role played by sectarian identities in engineering conflicts

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Book Reviews

Dominik Austrup, Marion Repetti, Andreas Avgousti, Th. W. Bottelier, and Antonin Lacelle-Webster

in the Twenty-First Century . Cambridge, MA : Harvard University Press . Schäfer , Armin , and Hanna Schwander . 2019 . “ ‘Don't Play If You Can't Win’: Does Economic Inequality Undermine Political Equality? ” European Political Science

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Jeffrey D. Hilmer and Max Halupka

outline the role that the economic recession has played in shaping young people’s participation in Ireland. Similarly, Camilla Granholm provides insight into how Internet- and Information Communication Technology-based participation can help promote mental