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[ecrea] 'The People': symposium call for papers organized by the Political Constitutional Theory (PolCon) network

Tue Dec 27 18:10:08 GMT 2016

    Recent social and political developments, including the Brexit
    referendum result and its xenophobic aftermath in the UK, the
    presidential elections in the United States, anti-democratic state
    policies in Hungary and Poland, as well as the political climate
    of upcoming elections in France and the Netherlands, have all
    underlined the topicality of the relationship between democracy
    and popular sovereignty. What is ‘the people’? What is the popular
    sovereignty that supposedly underlies all democratic regimes? When
    does democratic politics become ‘populistic’? Is ‘populistic’
    politics always necessarily anti-democratic, and if so, why? Is a
    ‘progressive’ variant of populism possible? What are the limits of
    popular self-determination in a democracy? Can the constituent
    popular sovereign ‘do no wrong’? How does one oppose
    anti-democratic populistic tendencies with democratic means? Is
    democracy a value that can even justify exceptional means?

    The symposium, taking place on 21-23 June 2017 in Helsinki, and
    organized by the Political Constitutional Theory (PolCon)
    network (,
    will address these and related questions on the troubled
    relationship between democracy and ‘the people’ from a variety of

    Confirmed keynote speakers: Christa Davis Acampora (Hunter
    College, CUNY, USA), Benjamin Arditi (UNAM, Mexico) and Hans
    Lindahl (Tilburg University, the Netherlands).

    For more detailed information, please visit:

    Panu Minkkinen
    Professor of Jurisprudence
    Faculty of Law
    P.O. Box 4
    FI-00014 University of Helsinki, Finland
    Tel +358 (0)2941 22944
    Email (panu.minkkinen /at/ <mailto:(panu.minkkinen /at/>

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