Last night we watched CLIMATE: Make it Work in The Hague. In the discussion afterwards we talked about many different subjects and tried to exchange references to the subjects we discussed. The following list gives an overview of the topics we discussed and includes references to the concernced topics.
We discussed different forms of structuring the political debate. See Fung and Mansbrigdge et al. for nice overviews of how current democratic democrats try to include all relevant participants in practice, and whether you should focus on local innovations or the system as a whole. See Urbinati and Warren for a very good(!) overview of democratic theory in general.
- Fung, Archon. “Survey Article: Recipes for Public Spheres: Eight Institutional Design Choices and Their Consequences.” Journal of Political Philosophy 11, no. 3 (September 1, 2003): 338–67.
- Mansbridge, Jane, Simone Chambers, Thomas Christiano, Archon Fung, John Parkinson, Dennis F. Thompson, and Mark E. Warren. “A Systematic Approach to Deliberative Democracy.” In Deliberative Systems: Deliberative Democracy at the Large Scale, edited by John Parkinson and Mansbridge, Jane, 1–26. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Urbinati, Nadia, and Mark E. Warren. “The Concept of Representation in Contemporary Democratic Theory.” Annual Review of Political Science 11, no. 1 (2008): 387–412.
For critique on deliberative democracy and proposals for other forms of inclusion. See:
- Gould, Carol C. “Diversity and Democracy: Representing Differences.” In Democracy and Difference: Contesting the Boundaries of the Political, edited by Benhabib Seyla, 171–86. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1996.
- Honig, Bonnie. “Difference, Dilemmas, and the Politics of Home.” In Democracy and Difference: Contesting the Boundaries of the Political, edited by Benhabib Seyla, 257–77. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1996.
- Mouffe, Chantal. “Democratic Politics and the Dynamics of Passions.” In The Ashgate Research Companion to the Politics of Democratization in Europe: Concepts and Histories, edited by Tuija Pulkkinen and José Maria Rosales, 89–100. Farnham: Ashgate, 2008.
- ———. On the Political. Thinking in Action. London etc: Routledge, 2005.
- Young, Iris Marion. “Communication and the Other: Beyond Deliberative Democracy.” In Democracy and Difference: Contesting the Boundaries of the Political, edited by Seyla Benhabib, 120–35. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1996.
On the democratic boundary problem:
- Näsström, Sofia. “The Legitimacy of the People.” Political Theory 35, no. 5 (2007): 624–58.
Verschoor, Marco. “The Quest for the Legitimacy of the People: A Contractarian Approach.” Politics, Philosophy & Economics 14, no. 4 (2015): 391–428.
On borders and mandatory citizenship see the list below. Carens is pro open borders and Miller sceptical. If you are looking for something less philosophical I recommend the bundel of Pécoud.
- Carens, Jospeh. “Aliens and Citizens: The Case for Open Borders.” Review of Politics 49, no. 3 (n.d.): 251–73.
- De Schutter, Helder, and Lea Ypi. “The British Academy Brian Barry Prize Essay: Mandatory Citizenship for Immigrants.” British Journal of Political Science 45, no. 2 (2015): 235–51.
Hosein, Adam. “Immigration and Freedom of Movement.” Ethics & Global Politics, 2013.
Miller, David. “Immigration: The Case for Limits.” In Contemporary Debates in Applied Ethics, 193–206. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2005.
Pevnick, Ryan. “Social Trust and the Ethics of Immigration Policy.” Journal of Political Philosophy 17, no. 2 (2009): 146–67.
Pécoud, Antoine, and P. F. A. de Guchteneire. Migration without Borders: Essays on the Free Movement of People. Paris; New York: UNESCO Pub. ; Berghahn Books, 2007.
- For the basic income in The Netherlands see: (https://onsbasisinkomen.nl/). It appears that you can also apply for it if you’re not Dutch. The Dutch tv-show Tegenlicht made serveral very interesting documentaries on the basic income. See for example: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdvAYyMWwq0).
- For an argument for a jury system for democratic decision-making, see Gary Gutting’s 25 April 2016 op-ed “Should Everybody Vote?” in the New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/25/opinion/should-everybody-vote.html).
- For Hannah Arendt’s collected argument for council democracy in On Revolution and other essays, interviews, and transcripts, see John Sitton’s review, with secondary support (http://www.athene.antenna.nl/ARCHIEF/NR05-Arendt/SITTON-Hannah%20Arendts%20Argument.html).
- For attention to indigenous knowledge and against epistemological conservatism, see Walter Mignolo’s “The Geopolitics of Knowledge and the Colonial Difference” in The South Atlantic Quarterly 101:1 (2002): 57-96 (http://www.unice.fr/crookall-cours/iup_geopoli/docs/Geopolitics.pdf).
- For a short documentary about the introduction of democracy to third graders in China: (https://aeon.co/videos/see-real-democracy-in-action-how-chinese-third-graders-elect-a-class-monitor).
- I received another recommendation from one of our attendees. It’s a keynote by Bruno Latour on a meeting on design. See: (http://www.bruno-latour.fr/sites/default/files/112-DESIGN-CORNWALL-GB.pdf)
Finally, we discussed the problems surrounding political/philosophical activism.I found that an interesting and important topics to be discussed and maybe even worth spending a complete session on. What do you as fellow Latourists think about that? It could be a manner to answer the question What now? we probably still left with after our session in June.
As always, please comment and add your own thoughts and references. Almost all references are quite easy to access if you know where to look for online. Trouble finding literature? Contact me!