Goethe-Göttingen Workshop

September 26, 2019

Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity,
Library Hall

Representative democracies, even the most inclusive ones, have populations that are excluded from, or do not fit easily into, the ordinary process of parliamentary representation. Children are generally disenfranchised, as are asylum seekers and domestically resident aliens. Persons with mental handicaps may be disenfranchised, too, or not be afforded the necessary support to be able to participate electorally. Residence-conditions may, furthermore, prevent homeless persons and nomadic citizens from enrolling as voters, and expatriate citizens do not, either, fit easily into schemes of representation that rely on geographic constituencies.
Within democratic theory, though, it remains ill understood and/or controversial whether such marginal populations have a claim to parliamentary representation and how such representation might be implemented. Representation itself has been under heavy criticisms for failing to be the right response to non- or misrecognition.
In this workshop, we wish to examine closely the value of parliamentary representation of marginal populations and interests. How to both deepen and widen the meaning and practices of representation in order to include those who lack voice, consideration, and political power over decisions that affect them? On what grounds should we open parliaments to people who are not citizens, who are deemed unable to be full citizens, or who are not present on the national territory? What would be appropriate institutional forms for representing these populations? When if enfranchisement is not a viable in the first place, what proxies are available to warrant to the legitimacy of democratic deliberation and decision procedures?

The Workshop is part of the project "No Alternative? Challenges to Democracy Today". For further information: Click here...

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Presented by:
Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen and the Cluster of Excellence "The Formation of Normative Orders"


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