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    Consent or contestation?
    In Jeremy Webber & Colin Mcleod (eds.), Between Consenting Peoples, Ubc Press. pp. 188-206. 2010.
    That consent could wholly explain – either descriptively or normatively – the legitimacy of the structure of political community and it’s most important and influential institutions and practices is deeply implausible. There are two general sorts of considerations adduced against such a proposition. First, history simply refutes it: force is an essential feature of the founding of any political society, and arguably, for its continued existence, and power relations, in all their complexity, are …Read more
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    “Another World Is Actual”: Between Imperialism and Freedom
    Political Theory 39 (1): 131-137. 2011.
    There have been two distinctive aspects to James Tully’s approach to the study of imperialism over the years, and both are put to work in these remarkable volumes. The first is his belief in two seemingly contradictory claims: (i) that imperialism is much more pervasive than usually thought (conceptually, historically and practically); and yet (ii) that there are many more forms of resistance to it than usually appreciated. (Part of a symposium in Political Theory on James Tully's 'Public Philos…Read more
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    Deliberative Democracy and the Politics of Reconciliation
    In David Kahane, Melissa Williams & Daniel Weinstock (eds.), Deliberative Democracy in Practice, Ubc Press. pp. 115-137. 2010.
    The problem of historical injustice presents a deep challenge to the aspirations of deliberative democrats, especially to those “deliberative activists” who seek to advance deliberation in deeply unjust circumstances (Fung 2005, 399). But the debate over historical injustice can itself benefi t from taking a “democratic turn.” Much of the literature is dominated by arguments over historical entitlement theories of justice or by a legalistic focus on the possibilities for compensation and reparati…Read more
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    Review of William E Connolly, Pluralism (review)
    Political Theory 34 (6): 824-827. 2006.