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Kicking pacifism: Japan’s pivot to militarism defies popular will

Kicking pacifism: Japan’s pivot to militarism defies popular will [First published by The Conversation, co-authored with Anthea McCarthy-Jones and Mark Chou.] Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe got his policy wish late into the night of September 18. Abe’s coalition government, which has majorities in both houses of the national Diet, passed controversial legislation that reinterprets Article 9 of the constitution. […]

By Jean-Paul Gagnon Posted in News essay on April 21, 2021 0 Comments 4 min read Continue reading
Shorten’s plan to lower the voting age could help increase political engagement

Shorten’s plan to lower the voting age could help increase political engagement [This news article first appears in The Conversation. It was co-authored with Mark Chou and Catherine Hartung. It proved inspiration for the book the three of us wrote with Lesley Pruitt, Young People, Citizenship and Political Participation: Combating Civic Deficit? (<- for the […]

By Jean-Paul Gagnon Posted in News essay on April 19, 2021 0 Comments 5 min read Continue reading
Supplement A: 2,234 Descriptions of Democracy: An Update to Democracy's Ontological Pluralism

Supplement A: 2,234 Descriptions of Democracy: An Update to Democracy’s Ontological Pluralism [This is the first supplement to the research note “2,234 Descriptions of Democracy” first published in Democratic Theory.] Evidence in support of the claim “over the last two hundred years it has been noted that there are many . . . ways to […]

By Jean-Paul Gagnon Posted in Data on April 19, 2021 0 Comments 5 min read Continue reading
2,234 Descriptions of Democracy: An Update to Democracy's Ontological Pluralism

2,234 Descriptions of Democracy: An Update to Democracy’s Ontological Pluralism [This research note was first published in Democratic Theory. It is accompanied by three appendices: A (appendix a), B (appendix b), and C (appendix c).] Citation guide: Jean-Paul Gagnon. 2018. “2,234 Descriptions of Democracy: An Update to Democracy’s Ontological Pluralism”. Democratic Theory, 5(2): 92-113. Abstract: […]

By Jean-Paul Gagnon Posted in Academic Journal Article on April 19, 2021 0 Comments 48 min read Continue reading
Should Australia lower the voting age to 16?

Should Australia lower the voting age to 16? [I was invited by The Conversation to answer this question. I, and the other four commentators (Helen Berents, Philippa Collin, Lisa Hill, and Louise Phillips) said yes.] The Conversation: Voting is a key part of the democratic process. It allows all citizens of a certain age to […]

By Jean-Paul Gagnon Posted in News essay on April 18, 2021 0 Comments 2 min read Continue reading
Little Phil: Changing the Relationship between Philanthropy and Democracy?

Little Phil: Changing the Relationship between Philanthropy and Democracy? [This practitioner’s note first appears in Democratic Theory. I was, before running into Little Phil and its co-founder Joshua Murchie, reading into the relationship between “big philanthropy” and (usually) US-American democracy (perhaps due to the level of very wealthy people in that country and their histories […]

By Jean-Paul Gagnon Posted in Academic Journal Article on April 18, 2021 0 Comments 13 min read Continue reading
The Impossibility of ‘Knowing’ Democracy

The Impossibility of ‘Knowing’ Democracy [This conversation with John Dunn took place in his office at King’s College, Cambridge University, an video of which can be found here. The talk was first published in the book Democratic Theorists in Conversation: Turns in Contemporary Thought.] Defining democracy Gagnon: How do you define democracy? Dunn: Well, I […]

By Jean-Paul Gagnon Posted in Book Chapter on April 18, 2021 0 Comments 40 min read Continue reading
Enlivening the Democratic Imagination

Enlivening the Democratic Imagination [This conversation with John Keane was first published in the book Democratic Theorists in Conversation: Turns in Contemporary Thought.] Defining democracy Gagnon: How do you define democracy? Keane: My conjecture is that, in matters of democracy, we are living in a period that resembles the end of the eighteenth century and […]

By Jean-Paul Gagnon Posted in Book Chapter, Democracy, Uncategorized on April 18, 2021 0 Comments 39 min read Continue reading
Certain Turns of Modernity in Democratic Theory

Certain Turns of Modernity in Democratic Theory [This conversation with Pierre Rosanvallon was held in French, over the phone, and translated by Phil Paine. It first appears in the book Democratic Theorists in Conversation: Turns in Contemporary Thought.] Defining democracy Gagnon: What is your conception of democracy? Rosanvallon: The a priori definition of democracy is […]

By Jean-Paul Gagnon Posted in Book Chapter on April 17, 2021 0 Comments 31 min read Continue reading

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