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Dannica Fleuß and Gary S. Schaal

surprising that there is no consensus about the meaning of “democratic theory”: Neither its scope (“democracy”), nor the characteristic features of theories about democracy – especially in contrast to political philosophy and political theory but also in

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Rikki Dean, Jean-Paul Gagnon, and Hans Asenbaum

Theory. 2 This is an odd discursive silence not observable in other closely aligned fields of thought such as political theory, 3 political science, 4 social theory, 5 philosophy, 6 economic theory, 7 and public policy/administration 8 – each of

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Propaganda’s Role in Liberal Democratic Societies

Jason Stanley and John B. Min

Stanley and Min discuss how propaganda works in liberal democratic societies. Stanley observes that the inability to address the crisis of liberal democracies can be partially explained by contemporary political philosophy’s penchant for idealized theorizing about norms of justice over transitions from injustice to justice. Whereas ancient and modern political philosophers took seriously propaganda and demagoguery of the elites and populists, contemporary political philosophers have tended to theorize about the idealized structures of justice. This leads to a lack of theoretical constructs and explanatory tools by which we can theorize about real-life political problems, such as mass incarceration. Starting with this premise, Stanley provides an explanation of how propaganda works and the mechanisms that enable propaganda. Stanley further theorizes the pernicious effects that elitism, populism, authoritarianism, and “post-truth” have on democratic politics.

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Dethroning Deliberation

A Response to Caspary

Jeff Jackson

is good evidence for seeing Dewey as taking this position while confronting a structurally unequal society. I will also demonstrate how Caspary and I are nonetheless in agreement that Dewey’s pragmatist philosophy can provide an effective

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The Deliberative Potential of Facultative Referendums

Procedure and Substance in Direct Democracy

Alice el-Wakil

substance, “one of the most striking issues in political philosophy” ( Martí Mármol 2005: 263 ; see also Christiano 2003: 4–6 ), deliberativists actually agree that democracy must have a substantive aspect, and that it should achieve desirable outcomes (see

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Against Analogy

Why Analogical Arguments in Support of Workplace Democracy Must Necessarily Fail

Roberto Frega

characteristic Y; and (4) because A and B share the characteristic X, we conclude that B too shares the characteristic Y. Arguments by analogy are a classical staple in many fields of philosophy. Within political philosophy, they are often used to justify the

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Amit Ron

Political Philosophy 18 ( 2 ): 137 – 155 . 10.1111/j.1467-9760.2008.00316.x Brugha , Ruairí . 2000 . “ Stakeholder Analysis: A Review .” Health Policy and Planning 15 ( 3 ): 239 – 246 . 10.1093/heapol/15.3.239 Cohen , Jean . 1999 . “ Changing

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Alexander Weiss

. Hospitality, Sovereignty, and Democratic Iterations . Oxford : Oxford University Press . Bevir , Mark . 2011 . “ The Contextual Approach .” In The Oxford Handbook of the History of Political Philosophy, ed. George Klosko , 24 – 39 . Oxford, New

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Leif Lewin

than others, whereas politics influences some more than others. Therefore, instead of political equality, modern political science invokes two other principles—or rather, one philosophy appearing in two different versions, which takes this variation

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Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice

Democratic Theory through an Agonistic Lens

Marie Paxton

Minnesota Press . Dean , Rikki J . 2018 . “ Counter-Governance: Citizen Participation Beyond Collaboration .” Politics and Governance 6 ( 1 ): 180 – 188 . 10.17645/pag.v6i1.1221 Deveaux , Monique . 1999 . “ Agonism and Pluralism .” Philosophy