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COVID and the Era of Emergencies

What Type of Freedom is at Stake?

Danielle Celermajer and Dalia Nassar

’ principal value lies in their enabling the relations that form the foundation for robust political participation. To explicate our case, we offer a concrete example of acting in concert in the political context of contemporary Germany. By focusing on

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From Rhetoric to Practice

A critique of immigration policy in Germany through the lens of Turkish-Muslim women's experiences of migration

Sherran Clarence

The largest group of migrants in Germany is the Turkish people, many of whom have low skills levels, are Muslim, and are slow to integrate themselves into their host communities. German immigration policy has been significantly revised since the early 1990s, and a new Immigration Act came into force in 2005, containing more inclusive stances on citizenship and integration of migrants. There is a strong rhetoric of acceptance and open doors, within certain parameters, but the gap between the rhetoric and practice is still wide enough to allow many migrants, particularly women, to fall through it. Turkish-Muslim women bear the brunt of the difficulties faced once they have arrived in Germany, and many of them are subject to domestic abuse, joblessness and poverty because of their invisibility to the German state, which is the case largely because German immigration policy does not fully realise a role and place for women migrants. The policy also does not sufficiently account for ethnic and cultural identification, or limitations faced by migrants in that while it speaks to integration, it does not fully enable this process to take place effectively. Even though it has made many advances in recent years towards a more open and inclusive immigration policy, Germany is still a 'reluctant' country of immigration, and this reluctance stops it from making any real strides towards integrating migrants fully into German society at large. The German government needs to take a much firmer stance on the roles of migrant women in its society, and the nature of the ethnic and religious identities of Muslim immigrants, in order to both create and implement immigration policy that truly allows immigrants to become full and contributing members to German social and economic life, and to bring it in line with the European Union's common directives on immigration.

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Christian Ewert

identities can form (centrifugal force). Lacey illustrates this with multilingual Belgium. The Flemish and Wallonians have established their own respective Flemish and Walloon identity (I omit Lacey's discussions of Brussels and the Belgian German minority

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The Will of the People?

Carl Schmitt and Jean-Jacques Rousseau on a Key Question in Democratic Theory

Samuel Salzborn

to be the demos (such as the workers and farmers in East Germany, or the Aryans in the Nazi Reich), whereby their alleged interests are ontologically defined and “the common good” is normatively formulated, in a process that tries to manufacture

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Neoliberalism, the Left and the Rise of the Far Right

On the Political and Ideological Implications of Capitalism's Subordination of Democracy

Costas Panayotakis

political comeback by adopting much of the neoliberal agenda ( Arestis and Sawyer 2005: 177 ). Similarly, the only social democrat to have won the German chancellery in recent memory was Gerhard Schroeder, whose controversial reforms of Germany's welfare

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The Limits of Liberal Democracy

Prospects for Democratizing Democracy

Viviana Asara

This critical commentary discusses Stephan Lessenich's recent contribution to the 2019 German book, What's Wrong with Democracy? A Debate with Klaus Dörre, Nancy Fraser, Stephan Lessenich and Hartmut Rosa, edited by H. Ketterer and K. Becker

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Jean-Paul Gagnon and George Vasilev

democracy practiced in a variety of configurations. Democratic regimes like the United States, Canada, Germany, Norway, Switzerland, and Australia are blended systems of this sort. The implication of this insight is that different democracies can be affected

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Wolfgang Merkel and Jean-Paul Gagnon

democracies in crisis would mean that if political parties or politicians don’t do something dramatically important to cure this crisis then democracy will die; meaning that it would transcend into authoritarian regimes such as 1933 Germany, 1936 Spain, 1967

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Powerlessness and Unfairness

A Letter to Jan Zielonka

Henri Vogt

attained somewhat higher figures. There is an increasing awareness of the excesses of neoliberal policies; for example, in Germany, where I am currently residing, efforts to alleviate the problems of the Hartz program of neoliberal “minijobs” and

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Resist and Revivify

Democratic Theory in a Time of Defiance

Jean-Paul Gagnon and Emily Beausoleil

Technologies of Expertise and the Future of Governing . Cambridge, MA : Harvard University Press . 10.4159/9780674915435 Pauwels , Teun . 2014 . Populism in Western Europe: Comparing Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands . London : Routledge . 10