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Don't Like the Budget? Your options aren't limited to voting.

A short protest essay, with Mark Chou, to help with the mobilization against an unpopular Australian (Commonwealth) budget proposal.

Don’t like the budget? Your options aren’t limited to voting Originally published by Independent Australia, 30 May 2014. [This short protest essay has quite the backstory. At the time, a Tony Abbott led Liberal National Coalition party was in government in Australia and had proposed a rather unpopular budget. What bristled many was the claim […]

By Jean-Paul Gagnon Posted in Budget, Democracy, Democratic, Democratization, Economic democracy, Philosophy on November 15, 2020 0 Comments 8 min read Continue reading
The End of War? Global Citizenship and Changes to Conflict

The End of War? Global Citizenship and Changes to Conflict Originally published December 11, 2011, by the Centre for Strategic Research and Analysis (online March 31, 2014). [In reading about global democracy and its prospects for peace I came to think about how societies have changed, in large part due to technologies relating to media, […]

By Jean-Paul Gagnon Posted in Citizenship, Democracy, Democratic, Democratic innovation, Democratic Theories, Democratic Theory, Democratization, Democtratical, Dermocratic Design, Global citizenship, Philosophy, Political Theory on October 22, 2020 0 Comments 13 min read Continue reading
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 […]

By Jean-Paul Gagnon Posted in Book Review, Democracy, Democratic, Democratization on October 13, 2020 0 Comments 6 min read Continue reading
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 […]

By Jean-Paul Gagnon Posted in Democracy, Democratic, Democratization, Drude Dahlrup, feminism, feminist democracy, Patriarchical, Patriarchy on October 13, 2020 0 Comments 5 min read Continue reading
Does ecological policy have to be so cruel?

Embracing epistemic multiplicity offers a different way

Does ecological policy have to be so cruel? Embracing epistemic multiplicity offers a different way Originally published by ABC Religion & Ethics, 24 Jan 2020. Co-authored with Robin Ladwig and Hannah Barrowman. [The original motivation for this article was the over-application of a positivist epistemology in the management of so-called invasive species in Australia and […]

By Jean-Paul Gagnon Posted in animals, ecology, empistemology, non-human, policy, Uncategorized on October 8, 2020 0 Comments 16 min read Continue reading
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 […]

By Jean-Paul Gagnon Posted in Democracy, Democratic, Democratization, non-human democracy, slime mould, slime moulds on September 24, 2020 0 Comments 9 min read Continue reading
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 […]

By Jean-Paul Gagnon Posted in Academic Journal Article, Democracy, Democratic, Democratization, History, Indigenous on August 21, 2020 0 Comments 37 min read Continue reading
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 […]

By Jean-Paul Gagnon Posted in Democracy, Democratization, Philosophy, Uncategorized on August 21, 2020 0 Comments 23 min read Continue reading
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 […]

By Jean-Paul Gagnon Posted in Concepts of democracy, Democracy, Democratic, Democratic Theories, Democratic Theory, Democtratical, Figures of democracy, Just War, Philosophy, Political Theory, Representations of democracy, Themes of democracy, Words of democracy on July 31, 2020 0 Comments 10 min read Continue reading

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