Contemporary Challenges of Political Representation 
Défis contemporains de la représentation politique

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24 / 04 / 2016



The Fundamenta Politica Research Centre invites individual proposals and panel submissions of theoretical or empirical research concerning the recent debates pertaining to the nature of political representation, its limits and paradoxes.

Political representation is at the core of the contemporary efforts to rethink democracy and understand its pitfalls. It stands as a contemporary nodal point for political science research, from accounts registering the ‘hollowing out’ of democracy (Mair, 2013) to those focused on the authoritarian turn of ‘illiberal democracy’ (Zakaria, 2007). Papers should address, from a political theoretical or case-study-based perspective, the following topics: EU constitutionalization (Grimm 2015), the transformation of European political parties (Mair, Müller-Rommel, & Bértoa, 2016), political corruption from a contemporary and historical perspective (Thompson, 2013), the new configuration of radical politics (Krastev, 2014), re-defining populism (Taggart & Kaltwasser, 2016), the scope and nature of social movements (Della Porta, 2013). At the same time, the conference places a special emphasis on the technocracy-democracy nexus (Habermas, 2015), the rise of non-majoritarian regulatory institutions (Majone, 2014), and the predominance of executive over the legislative branch (Rosanvallon, 2015).


Della Porta, D. (2013) Can Democracy Be Saved: Participation, Deliberation and Social Movements. Cambridge: Polity.
Grimm, D. (2015) The Democratic Costs of Constitutionalisation: The European Case. European Law Journal 21(4): 460–473.  
Habermas, J. (2015) The Lure of Technocracy. Malden, MA: Polity.
Kaltwasser, C. R., & Taggart, P. (2016) Dealing with Populists in Government: A Framework for Analysis. Democratization 23(2): 201–220.  
Krastev, I. (2014) Democracy Disrupted: The Politics of Global Protest. University of Pennsylvania Press.
Majone, G. (2014) From Regulatory State to a Democratic Default. JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies 52(6): 1216–1223.
Mair, P. (2013) Ruling the Void: The Hollowing-out of Western Democracy (2nd Revised edition edition). London ; New York: Verso Books.
Muller-Rommel, F., & Bértoa, F. C. (2015) Party Politics and Democracy in Europe: Essays in Honour of Peter Mair. London: Routledge.
Rosanvallon, P. (2015) Le Bon Gouvernement. Paris: Seuil. 
Thompson, D. F., (2013) Two Concepts of Corruption. Edmond J. Safra Working Papers, No. 16.