De-presentation rights as a response to extremism
2016 (English)In: Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, ISSN 1369-8230, E-ISSN 1743-8772, Vol. 19, no 3, 301-319 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Due to the persistent rise of extremism, democrats in recent years have been exploring old and new possibilities of democratic self-defence. This article explores an unconventional and little known alternative to militant democracy that places the demos at the centre stage of the struggle against extremism. Through a neo-procedural reinterpretation of ancient ostracism and modern-day recall, I suggest that citizens should have rights of democratic de-selection of elected parties and candidates. I argue that, if properly designed, such a mechanism of de-presentation distributes the burden of democratic self-defence among citizens and creates a bottom-up majoritarian resistance to anti-democratic threats, without compromising free parliamentary mandate or minority rights.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2016. Vol. 19, no 3, 301-319 p.
extremism, militant democracy, voting, de-selection, negative representation
Research subject Political Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-264569DOI: 10.1080/13698230.2016.1144856ISI: 000377030700005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-264569DiVA: diva2:861008
ProjectsMarie Curie IE Fellowship NEGARE