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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 […]

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Huron Socialism: A New Political System

Huron Socialism: A New Political System Originally published by AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples, 8(2), 2012, Pp. 115-127. [There was, aside from intellectual curiosity, a personal reason for writing this essay—my family has historic ties to one of the Huron clans that came to settle in Wendake, Québec, after they lost the “Beaver […]

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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 […]

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An Intervention on ‘Democracy’ as a Term in Empirical Political Analysis

An Intervention on ‘Democracy’ as a Term in Empirical Political Analysis Originally published by Public Administration and Policy, 15(2), 2012, Pp. 68-92. [A Sartorian gripe, this was. I challenge anyone who has read both Sartori’s early book Democratic Theory (translation of his Democrazia e Definizione) but also both parts to his 1987 book The Theory […]

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A Potential Demarcation Between “Old” and “New” Democratic Theory?

An Attempt at Positioning a Segment of the Extant Literature

A Potential Demarcation Between “Old” and “New” Democratic Theory?: An Attempt at Positioning a Segment of the ExtantLiterature Originally published by Social Alternatives, 30(3), 2011, Pp. 5-9. [I wrote this for a special issue that cultural sociologist, and old friend, Nicholas Osbaldiston proposed. The piece was inspired by John Keane’s Life and Death of Democracy, […]

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Challenging Contemporary 'Democracy' and Identifying Problems

Challenging Contemporary ‘Democracy’ and Identifying Problems Written by Jean-Paul Gagnon and Nicholas Osbaldiston. Originally published by Social Alternatives, 30(3), 2011, Pp. 3-4. [This is the introductory article to the special issue that Nick invited me to join him in curating for Social Alternatives. Note how it takes us a good three paragraphs just to get […]

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Establishing Indigeneity in African Pluralities using PRO169 Parameters and a Case Study for Measuring their Inclusivity

Establishing Indigeneity in African Pluralities usingPRO169 Parameters and a Case Study for Measuring their Inclusivity Originally published by African and Asian Studies, 10(4), 2011, Pp. 323-346. [PRO169. Code from the International Labour Organization where I once interned (back in 2009, Geneva). I think I liked getting into a suit and taking careful (well, I hoped) […]

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The Taliban Did Not Create the Taliban, Imperialism Did

The Taliban Did Not Create the Taliban, Imperialism Did Originally published in the Journal of South Asian Development, 7(1), 2012, Pp. 23-42. [The idea to write this essay came forcefully whilst I was reading histories of Afghanistan (if you write professionally or otherwise you’ll probably have experienced the force of an argument that simply needs […]

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