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The Right to Science
The Right to Science

That everyone has a human right to enjoy the benefits of the progress of science and its applications comes as a surprise to many. Nevertheless, this right is pertinent to numerous issues at the intersection of science and society: open access [...]

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108776301
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Representative Democracy and Colonial Inspirations: The Case of John Stuart Mill
Representative Democracy and Colonial Inspirations: The Case of John Stuart Mill

Abstract Focusing on John Stuart Mill, a particularly illuminating contributor to modern democratic theory, this article examines the connections between modern democracy and the European colonial experience. It argues that Mill drew on the ex [...]

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DOI: https://courses.lumenlearning.com/boundless-politicalscience/
Type: Journal Articles
The Urban/Rural Divide in Athenian Political Thought
The Urban/Rural Divide in Athenian Political Thought

Abstract Contemporary analyses of Athenian democracy have focused on binaries such as mass/elite, free/slave, and male/female, overlooking the urban/rural divide. In this article, I argue that urban/rural was a central cleavage in the Athenian [...]

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S000305542200017X
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The gendered politics of researching military policy in the age of the ‘knowledge economy’
The gendered politics of researching military policy in the age of the ‘knowledge economy’

Abstract: This article explores our experiences of conducting feminist interpretive research on the British Army Reserves. The project, which examined the everyday work-Army-life balance challenges that reservists face, and the roles of their [...]

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0260210521000036
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A Formal Theory of Democratic Deliberation
A Formal Theory of Democratic Deliberation

Abstract: Inspired by impossibility theorems of social choice theory, many democratic theorists have argued that aggregative forms of democracy cannot lend full democratic justification for the collective decisions reached. Hence, democratic t [...]

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0003055419000674
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Democracy versus Security as Standards of Political Legitimacy: The Case of National Policy on Irregular Migrant Arrivals
Democracy versus Security as Standards of Political Legitimacy: The Case of National Policy on Irregular Migrant Arrivals

Abstract: Democratic citizens confront a range of problems framed as “security” issues, in policy areas such as counterterrorism and migration control, which place substantial political pressure on democratic norms. We develop a normative theo [...]

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1537592719003402
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Making Offenders Vote: Democratic Expressivism and Compulsory Criminal Voting
Making Offenders Vote: Democratic Expressivism and Compulsory Criminal Voting

Abstract: Is criminal disenfranchisement compatible with a democratic political order? This article considers this question in light of a recently developed view that criminal disenfranchisement is justified because it expresses our commitment [...]

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0003055419000297
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Political Theory in an Ethnographic Key
Political Theory in an Ethnographic Key

Abstract: Should political theorists engage in ethnography? In this letter, we assess a recent wave of interest in ethnography among political theorists and explain why it is a good thing. We focus, in particular, on how ethnographic research [...]

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0003055419000431
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The Power to Nudge
The Power to Nudge

Abstract: Nudging policies rely on behavioral science to improve people's decisions through small changes in the environments within which people make choices. This article first seeks to rebut a prominent objection to this approach: furnishin [...]

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0003055417000028
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The Well‐Ordered Society under Crisis: A Formal Analysis of Public Reason vs. Convergence Discourse
The Well‐Ordered Society under Crisis: A Formal Analysis of Public Reason vs. Convergence Discourse

Abstract: A well‐ordered society faces a crisis whenever a sufficient number of noncompliers enter into the political system. This has the potential to destabilize liberal democratic political order. This article provides a formal analysis of [...]

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/ajps.12445
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War, Memory, and National Identity in the Hebrew Bible
War, Memory, and National Identity in the Hebrew Bible

Description: The Hebrew Bible is permeated with depictions of military conflicts that have profoundly shaped the way many think about war. Why does war occupy so much space in the Bible? In this book, Jacob Wright offers a fresh and fascinatin [...]

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108691512
Type: Books