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Blake Ewing

While there has always been intellectual and methodological overlap between conceptual historians and political theorists, scholars in both fields have recently gone further to foster a greater degree of cross-pollination. 1 In particular, the

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Dissenting from Redemption

Judaism and Political Theology

Alana M. Vincent

As described by Schmitt, political theology as such has its origin in the secularization of religious forms and structures. 1 Schmitt and his intellectual descendants have tended to focus on what scholars of religion might characterize as explicit

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Wade Jacoby

This article offers a corrective to the notion that German ordoliberal ideology is the key to understanding German policy behavior during the Eurocrisis and, by extension, to the contours of the electoral debate in fall 2013. First, it shows that ordoliberal thought underdetermines policy choices. That is, different actors clearly influenced by ordoliberal thinking and often stressing different aspects of the broader ordoliberal cannon are arguing for more or less diametrically opposed policy solutions. Second, the article provides evidence that this deep divide inside the ordoliberal policy community has contributed additional incentives to the tentative and inconclusive policy choices of the government throughout much of the Eurocrisis. Third, the article extends the analysis of this very cautious policymaking into the campaign phase and the subsequent coalition agreement. It explains why the two major German parties—including an SPD with a much thinner attachment than the CDU to ordoliberalism—sought to play down the Eurocrisis in their campaigns and in their subsequent coalition agreement. One implication is the low probability of German policy change despite ideological differences.

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Monique Deveaux

A central claim made on behalf of deliberative democracy is that it can foster the inclusion and empowerment of ordinary citizens in democratic political life. But ideal structures of deliberation tell us remarkably little about how much real

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After the Party

Trump, Le Pen, and the New Normal

Anne Sa’adah

Donald Trump’s election provoked a kind of surprise among informed observers that an upset second-round win by Marine Le Pen, however shocking on moral grounds, might not create. We live in surprising, disorienting times. The unanticipated political

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Colonising ‘Free’ Will

A Critique of Political Decolonisation in Ghana

Bernard Forjwuor

Seek ye first the political kingdom and all other things shall be added unto you. — Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House — Audre Lorde While the general concept, meanings, and accounts of

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Kenneth Bo Nielsen

, when that eventually proved futile, to have it undone. In addition, they were all party politically active. Prasanta was a village-level leader of the youth wing of the Trinamul Congress (TMC), the state’s leading political opposition. Asit worked for

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Kjetil Børhaug

Declining adolescent political participation means that political education has become a pressing public and political issue. In response, much attention is being paid to the way in which political education offers meaningful reasons for individual political participation. Critical textbook analysis may help us understand how political education affects participation. To what extent do textbooks explicitly present justifications for political participation? What kinds of justification are offered? This article analyzes Norwegian social studies textbooks, and concludes that justifications of adolescent political participation are central. Justifications include the individual pursuit of preferences, individual duty in a "contract" with the state, and identities. However, these justifications are also questionable, for they are generally either individualistic or avoid real political movements.

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The Future of Representative Politics

On Tormey, Krastev and Rosanvallon

Mihail Evans

Internationally, the wave of protests that came in the wake of the what has been called the 2008 economic crisis have rightly been seen as a suggestive of dramatic challenges to how politics operates. In this paper I look at two very different studies of these