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Science of Democracy

October 13, 2023

🦋 Feminism in protest camps: toward a 21st century feminist democracy?

Catherine Eschle In a new edited book, Catherine Eschle argues that protest camps are important spaces of feminist struggle. Here, she asks: are protest camps a site of 21st century feminist democracy? Read more
September 28, 2023

🦋 What we (don’t) talk about when we talk about democracy

Alex Prior Examining the first 99 entries in our Science of Democracy series, Alex Prior identifies an asymmetry between references to people (demos) and power (kratos). Through a discussion of this asymmetry and its possible causes, he calls for increased attention to power, in the sense of its ability to effect change Read more
August 31, 2023

🦋 Mnemonic democracy: the role of memory in politics

Jenny Wüstenberg Memory is crucial for democracy, but not only because it can teach citizens important norms like tolerance and inclusion. Mnemonic democracy would also mean taking into account whether the views of the majority are represented and public memory is underpinned by legitimate state power, Jenny Wüstenberg writes Read more
August 3, 2023

🦋 Herman Melville’s ruthless democracy

Jennifer Greiman Herman Melville’s 'ruthless democracy' is a creative performance, argues Jennifer Greiman, which guides Melville’s experimental prose and poetry. This sought to reimagine democratic relations, possibilities, and ways of being as matters for aesthetic thought and work – with strong implications for political theory Read more
July 12, 2023

🦋 Towards the DNA code of democracy

Janusz Ruszkowski The most important thing for democracy is to establish a catalogue of its constant, repeatable and inalienable features – the so-called DNA of democracy. Such a DNA code could no longer be manipulated or diluted, because nothing without it could be called democracy, writes Janusz Ruszkowski Read more
July 5, 2023

🦋 Between Luther and Montesquieu: the Church of Norway's democracy

Helge K. Nylenna Democracy as a basic structure in organisational life is a given in most Western NGOs. However, church doctrine challenges the Montesquieuan principle that the body of the people possess the supreme power. Still, with reference to the Norwegian case, Helge Nylenna argues that, like other NGOs, churches can be democratic Read more
June 26, 2023

🦋 Democratising militant democracy?

Patrick Nitzschner In crisis. Regressing. Dying. Such unsettling assessments of democracy’s current state have sparked renewed interest in militant democracy – the justifiable repression of anti-democrats. Given the idea’s troubled history, Patrick Nitzscner welcomes attempts to place militant interventions on a securely democratic footing, but remains sceptical of their likely success Read more
June 14, 2023

🦋 Weight stigma, citizenship and neoliberal democracy

Kathryn Hicks Kathryn Hicks and Sharon Stanley argue that the contemporary moral panic around obesity emerges from and exacerbates neoliberal tendencies that diminish democratic institutions and imaginaries. Given historical associations between race, gender and fatness, the ostensibly neutral language of health deepens existing lines of democratic exclusion Read more

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