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Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice

Democratic Theory through an Agonistic Lens

Marie Paxton

This article seeks to explore democratic theory by focusing on the example of agonistic democracy, in which contest between citizens is valued for its potential to render politics more inclusive, more engaging, and more virtuous. Using Connolly and Tully’s inclusivism, Chantal Mouffe’s adversarialism, and David Owen’s perfectionism, the article discusses democratic theory as a critique, a series of normative proposals, and a potential bridge between political theory and public policy. It is this bridge that enables democratic theory to pull together critical and normative discussions with those surrounding public policy and institutional design.

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Military Violence in Its Own Right

The Microsocial Foundations of Physical Military Violence in Noncombat Situations

Nir Gazit and Eyal Ben-Ari

situations. The Scholarly Field and Our Study A plethora of studies have focused on the macrosociological analysis of military violence in noncombat situations. The two major approaches dominating this endeavor are new institutionalism and rational choice

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Engaging Dialogues

Reframing Africa at the Royal Ontario Museum

Silvia Forni

and their continuing relevance for the African Canadian communities of the Greater Toronto Area. The discussions taking place are a concrete example of what Terry Smith describes as “new institutionalism” (2012: 220). In planning exhibitions based on a

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Understanding Germany’s Short-lived “Culture of Welcome”

Images of Refugees in Three Leading German Quality Newspapers

Maximilian Conrad and Hugrún Aðalsteinsdóttir

continues to play an important role in German foreign policy as such as well as in the accompanying public discourses through which political decisions are legitimated and delegitimated. In the language of the new institutionalism, normative justification in