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Comparative Democratic Theory

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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Assessing Democracy In Vitro, In Vivo, and In Actu and the Role of Democratic Theory Today

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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Rethinking Democratic Theories of Justice in the Economy after COVID-19

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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What Is Democratic Theory?

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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Democratic Theory as Social Codification

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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A Democratic Theory of Life

Living Democracy with Black Lives Matter

Hans Asenbaum, Reece Chenault, Christopher Harris, Akram Hassan, Curtis Hierro, Stephen Houldsworth, Brandon Mack, Shauntrice Martin, Chivona Newsome, Kayla Reed, Tony Rice, Shevone Torres, and Terry J. Wilson II

, and environmental transformations. The goal of infusing democratic theory with lived experiences of radical democratic practice calls for methodological sensibility. Instead of embarking upon the traditional route of normative theorising by studying

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Democratic Theory When Democracy Is Fugitive

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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What Are We Doing When We Are Doing Democratic Theory?

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