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Alexander Weiss

Western liberal democracy is in crisis ( Chou 2014 ; Merkel and Kneip 2018 ; Castells 2019 ), as is Western democratic theory ( Sawyer 2016 ; Gagnon and Beausoleil 2017 ). Among the symptoms of the latter is a certain blindness and conceptual

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Anastasia Deligiaouri and Jane Suiter

paradoxes” and urges for a more empirically based approach of the meaning of democracy rather than relying on abstract norms. Our proposed approach in understanding and evaluating democracy builds on previous works on democratic theory; it condenses and

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Louise Haagh

universal basic income (UBI)—popularized during the crisis, present a double-edged sword, to the extent the implication is, in fact, to consolidate a flat distributive response to deeper structural problems Democratic Theory and Economic Institutions

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Rikki Dean, Jean-Paul Gagnon, and Hans Asenbaum

What is democratic theory? The question is surprisingly infrequently posed. Indeed, the last time this precise question appears in the academic archive was exactly forty years ago, 1 in James Alfred Pennock's (1979) book Democratic Political

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Christian Ewert and Marion Repetti

association must remain unintelligible and wrong. This very specific code that enables associations with democracy can be called democratic theory. As code, democratic theory shapes how people talk and think about democracy. Considering democratic theory

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Ali Aslam, David McIvor, and Joel Alden Schlosser

After the end of the end of history, after the intoxicating claims of democratic inevitability have morphed into painful hangovers, and after the successive democratic waves have broken and receded from the shore, perhaps democratic theory is

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Dannica Fleuß and Gary S. Schaal

Introduction: Democratic Theory as a Scholarly Practice Scholars frequently augment their definition of “democracy” by highlighting its status as an “essentially contested concept” ( Gallie 1956 ). Against this background it is all but

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Does Democratic Theory Need Epistemic Standards?

Grounds for a Purely Procedural Defense of Majority Rule

Carlo Invernizzi-Accetti

This article addresses the philosophical foundation for the legitimacy of the democratic procedure of majority rule by relating it to a debate that has recently been attracting a lot of attention within the field of democratic theory: whether it is

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Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice

Democratic Theory through an Agonistic Lens

Marie Paxton

Introduction The question of “where does democratic theory's value lie?” is timely and much needed. In an era of cuts to the social sciences and, more specifically, political science and political theory, it is fundamental to defend the

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Michael Saward

What we see depends on how we look. What we see as important in democratic theory depends on the lenses we look through. Different lenses bring into focus different actors, institutions, questions and problems. They embody, reinforce or produce