Editorial: Democratic Theory - Summer 2018

Jean Paul Gagnon, Mark Chou

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Abstract

This issue begins with Peter Strandbrink’s argument that “standard liberal democratic theory should be pressed significantly harder to recognize the lexical and conceptual fact that civic political and cognitive participation in mass liberal democracies belong to different theoretical species.” It is by conflating both of these theoretical species, which Strandbrink sees as the dominant tendency in contemporary democratic theory, that we inhibit our ability to critically evaluate “epistocratic theoretical registers.” Further unsettling is Stranbrink’s view that, once separated from each other, neither the theories of civic political or cognitive participation offer much help in dealing with the rise of “alt-facts” or “post-truth” in liberal democratic societies today
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-7
Number of pages3
JournalDemocratic Theory
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

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