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A Book Review of Ed Wigenbach's 'Institutionalizing Agonistic Democracy: Post Foundationalism and Political Liberalism'

A Book Review of Ed Wigenbach’s ‘Institutionalizing Agonistic Democracy: Post Foundationalism and Political Liberalism’ (Originally published by the Melbourne Journal of Politics, 36, 2013, Pp. 74-75). [One of the main critiques made against agonistic democracy, and it’s so old now as to really probably be annoying to the followers of that model of democracy, is […]

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Breaking the patriarchal code in Australian politics

there is a lot that we could learn from the Global South when it comes to gender equality in politics

Breaking the patriarchal code in Australian politics Originally published by BroadAgenda, 3 July 2018. [This piece kickstarts a 5-part series I was invited to edit by BroadAgenda editor Dr Pia Rowe. Other contributions are made by Dr Hans Asenbaum, Dr Clare Woodford, and Dr Anna Gutowska [part 1 & part 2].] Browsing a bookshop in […]

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A Lesson in Democracy ... From Slime Moulds

Short essay applying the theory of non-human democracy to slime mould.

A Lesson in Democracy…from Slime Moulds Originally published by The Crick Centre and republished by The Policy Space, 16 December 2015. [This short essay concerns the first type of life that I began investigating with the theory of non-human democracy which posits, in short, that democracy is not solely a human invention/discovery, that it does […]

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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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Resist and Revivify. Democratic theory in a time of defiance

Resist and Revivify: Democratic Theory in a Time of Defiance Originally published by Democratic Theory, June 2017. Co-authored with Dr Emily Beausoleil. [I remember preparing the issue of Democratic Theory that this editorial prefaces during a very difficult time, politically. These were the early days of a shock Trump presidency, of a deeply confused Brexit […]

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Gaddafi and Libya – a case for just intervention?

Full militaristic intervention cannot be justified on the grounds that this is a ‘just war’. We are then left with the option to intervene militarily in a smaller way or not to intervene militarily at all.

Gaddafi and Libya – a case for just intervention? Originally published by openDemocracy, April 1, 2011. [This short essay was borne out of an urge to “speak out of” the expression of international democracy that I saw happening in how many people, around the world, were relating to Libyans and vice versa during their moment […]

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Safety in Numbers: strengthening resistance to anti-democratic challenges

VIDEO Safety in Numbers: Strengthening Resistance to Anti-Democratic Challenges democracy now with German subtitles! This short essay, originally published by the ECPR’s blog The Loop (https://theloop.ecpr.eu/safety-in-num…), was extended to consider its utopian directions. It was then presented at the Australian Utopias Network Seminar on Nov 2, 2020. See here for the YouTube link to the […]

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Globalizing the Intellectual History of Democracy

Professor Samuel Moyn (Yale) and Jean-Paul Gagnon (Canberra) in conversation.

Globalizing the Intellectual History of Democracy Originally published by Democratic Theory, 7(1), Summer 2020. Pp. 99-107. [The drive for this conversation, with Professor Samuel Moyn, came in most part out of a trend I had been observing in the democratic theory literature. There is a double dynamic at play, particularly over the last 15 or […]

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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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Treasurer or Member for Lilley? Perhaps Wayne Swan doesn’t have to be both

Treasurer or Member for Lilley? Perhaps Wayne Swan doesn’t have to be both Originally published by The Conversation, May 8, 2012. [A short essay proposing an innovation for the Australian approach to representative democracy (although the point does extend to other, similar, political jurisdictions). Ministers are clearly busy with their portfolio(s) so how is it possible […]

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