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Demos and Nation

Misplacing the Dilemmas of the European Union--In Memory of Stanley Hoffmann

Charles S. Maier

, and indeed has been, partially corrected. Others claim that nations rest upon a “demos,” a “people-hood” that Europe as a union cannot possess. My small intervention first scrutinizes their pessimistic analysis of EU federalist potential, and then

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No Demos in the Pandemic

Asma Abbas


That the present moment ties multiple crises together—not least because each is a future of pasts that wound(ed) through each other—must be factored into our intercessions and visions. If every crisis is also a call to order, then what order, old or new, does the pandemic call us to? Its literality provokes us to keep both the pan and the demos in sight, just as they are being extinguished through borders, disease, poverty, insecurity, hatred, and disposability in the global postcolony. We are asked to remember that capital and colony are inseparable, that the nation-state is too suspicious a source of comfort, that the eroding claims of citizenship across the postcolonial and post-democratic fascist failed states are instructive and prophetic, and that the assumptions of place and movement in our frames of the democratic political need revisiting.

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Agony and the Anthropos

Democracy and Boundaries in the Anthropocene

Amanda Machin

a functioning democratic politics. To approach this problem, I focus on the potent tension that exists between the construction of the anthropos and the demos . The anthropos is understood here as the more-than-human collective heralded by the

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Ordoliberal White Democracy, Elitism, and the Demos

The Case of Wilhelm Röpke

Phillip Becher, Katrin Becker, Kevin Rösch, and Laura Seelig

” ( Caldwell 2019: 16 ) is of significant relevance with regard to the relationship between economic thought and democratic theory. Manifold marginalizations concerning the meaning of democracy and its demos that constitute illiberal elements in Röpke's thought

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Pluralist Democracy and Non-Ideal Democratic Legitimacy

Against Functional and Global Solutions to the Boundary Problem in Democratic Theory

Tom Theuns

The boundary problem is a classic issue in democratic theory. It holds that, whatever the theory of legitimacy that we believe our preferred democratic decision procedure should meet, the initial act of constituting the demos can never be met by

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Equality, Proportionality, and the All-Affected Principle

Jonas Hultin Rosenberg

the question of inclusion in the demos – in this article understood as the group of people that collectively have full political control and individually have decision-making power in a democracy – is a completely different issue to that of the

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Focusing on the Child's Best Interest and the Rejection of Protective Measures

Antifeminism and Pandemic Denial in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Rebekka Blum

antifeminist actors such as the Demo für Alle (Protest for all), Birgit Kelle, Beatrix von Storch, and Eltern Stehen Auf (Parents Rise) group, which was founded during the pandemic and can be seen as a part of the pandemic-denial movement. In conclusion, I will

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Performances of Death

Hunger Strikes, Discipline, and Democracy

Amanda Machin

hunger striking to the activity of an already existing member of the demos is to omit how the hunger striker performatively (re)constructs herself and the demos. Through her spectacular performance of death, the hunger striker becomes a political subject

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Book Reviews

Michael D Royster and Jeffrey D. Hilmer

Goran Therborn. The Killing Fields of Inequality Reviewed by Michael D. Royster

Wendy Brown. Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism's Stealth Revolution Reviewed by Jeffrey D. Hilmer

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The Will of the People?

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

Samuel Salzborn

retrospect, namely, after a concrete critical situation has demonstrated that there really were too many or too few of them. Therefore, preference inconsistency serves as a constant reminder of democracy’s very foundation: the people, the demos, which is so