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Democratic Theory and Theoretical Physics

Democratic Theory and Theoretical Physics Originally published by the Taiwan Journal of Democracy, 6(2), 2010. Pp. 1-22. [This journal article was written in the end game of the doctoral thesis I was, at the time, writing whilst an intern at the International Labour Organization in Geneva and, later, at my doctoral alma mater the Queensland […]

By Jean-Paul Gagnon Posted in Academic Journal Article, Democracy, Democratic, Democratization, Political Theory, Theoretical Physics on July 20, 2020 0 Comments 56 min read Continue reading
Building a Gramsci-Foucault Axis of Democracy

Building a Gramsci-Foucault Axis of Democracy [This book chapter, originally published in David Kreps’ Gramsci and Foucault: A Reassessment, offers a consideration of democratic citizenship built from comparing and contrasting Gramsci’s works with Foucault’s. I remember the writing and editing process for this being an enjoyable one; especially good was reading the other chapters in […]

By Jean-Paul Gagnon Posted in Book Chapter, Uncategorized on March 2, 2021 0 Comments 38 min read Continue reading
If our underwhelming politicians don’t pass the test, perhaps its time to make them sit one

If our underwhelming politicians don’t pass the test, perhaps its time to make them sit one Originally published by The Conversation, February 16, 2012. [Meritocratic folly. But I still think there’s something in this call to a higher epistocratic standard for politicians in Australia and other countries like it. I am now wondering, too, if there […]

By Jean-Paul Gagnon Posted in Australia, Democracy, Political Theory, Politics on January 17, 2021 0 Comments 4 min read Continue reading
Conflict in the 'South China Sea': Lessons from the Dene Peoples and the Arctic Conflict?

Conflict in the ‘South China Sea’: Lessons from the Dene Peoples and the Arctic Conflict? Originally published September 26, 2011, by the Centre for Strategic Research and Analysis (online April 1, 2014). [John Raulston Saul and Stephen Kakfwi spoke about “Aboriginal Sovereignty in the Arctic” on January 13, 2011, at the Munk School for Global […]

By Jean-Paul Gagnon Posted in China, Democracy, Democratic, Democratic Theories, Democratic Theory, Democratization on December 31, 2020 0 Comments 17 min read Continue reading
A feminine 'ethic of care' and the future of Australian democracy

a more flexible and reflexive feminine morality, or ethic-of-care, pushes us to think differently about democracy, and how we can make it work for all of us

A feminine ‘ethic of care’ and the future of Australian democracy Originally published by BroadAgenda, 16 August 2017. [This short essay, invited by BroadAgenda, forms one part of a two-step with Selen Ercan who wrote on the rise and rise of small p politics (and yarn!). This was back in the early days of the […]

By Jean-Paul Gagnon Posted in Democracy, Democratic, Democratization, feminism, feminist democracy on December 19, 2020 0 Comments 5 min read Continue reading
The Olympic closing ceremony celebrates the myth of nations

The Olympic closing ceremony celebrates the myth of nations Originally published by The Conversation, August 13, 2012. [A critical gaze on the ceremony and symbolism of nations and nationhood in the Olympics.] As I sat there this morning watching the London 2012 closing ceremony, I was impressed by the artistry, choreography, stage-setting (an artistry unto itself), […]

By Jean-Paul Gagnon Posted in Democracy, Democratic, Olympic Games on December 15, 2020 0 Comments 4 min read Continue reading
TPP revealed: at last we have the details – and a democratic deficit to be fixed

TPP revealed: at last we have the details – and a democratic deficit to be fixed Originally published by The Conversation, November 9, 2015. [This short essay was written to emphasize the democratic deficit in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations which took place over many years prior to 2015. The negotiations were defined by their secrecy, lack […]

By Jean-Paul Gagnon Posted in Democracy, Democratic, Democratization on November 26, 2020 0 Comments 5 min read Continue reading
Sorry Clive Palmer, Wayne Swan’s vision is better for Australia

Sorry Clive Palmer, Wayne Swan’s vision is better for Australia Originally published by The Conversation, March 5, 2012. [Saw a dust-up between then Australian Treasurer Wayne Swan and corpulent billionaire turned politician Clive Palmer over economic equality in Australia and thought I’d venture a comment or two.] Australians are in a unique place today – we […]

By Jean-Paul Gagnon Posted in Australia, Democracy, Politics on November 23, 2020 0 Comments 4 min read Continue reading
Post-Colonial Public Law: Are Current Legal Establishments Democratically Illegitimate?

Post-Colonial Public Law: Are Current LegalEstablishments Democratically Illegitimate? Originally published by the African Journal of Legal Studies, 3(1), 2012, Pp. 21-43. [My time serving as an intern at the International Labour Organization in Geneva, Switzerland is directly responsible for this essay. It was there, learning from diplomats and delegates, furiously scribbling notes from assemblies and […]

By Jean-Paul Gagnon Posted in Academic Journal Article, Africa, Democracy, Democratic, Democratization on November 20, 2020 0 Comments 54 min read Continue reading
An Interview with Dr. Jean-Paul Gagnon on Democratic Theory and Politics

An Interview with Dr. Jean-Paul Gagnon on Democratic Theory and Politics Originally published December 11, 2011, by the Centre for Strategic Research and Analysis (online March 28, 2014). Interview conducted by Husrev Tabak. [The first interview I gave aside from answering a few questions for a local journalist who visited my grammar school when I […]

By Jean-Paul Gagnon Posted in Democracy, Democratic, Democratization, History, History of democracy, Interviews on November 20, 2020 0 Comments 23 min read Continue reading

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