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Contemporary Political Theories

Pol 203 Contemporary Political Theories

Class hours: 42

Credits (ECTS): 6

LM-SP  – Specializations in Governance of Commons and in Fraternity in the Res Publica

Year: 1st

Terms: 3rd–4th

Course held in Italian

The course offers a critical introduction to the theory of democracy in the twenthy century. It engages with the subject along two lines. The first is a historical reconstruction of the principal concepts: liberty and equality (Kelsen and Dahl); power and conflict (Weber, Lukes, Foucault); elite e oligarchies (Le Bon, Sighele, Mosca, Pareto, Michels, Wright Mills); fair and social justice (Rawls, Nozick, Sandel); the discursive theory (Habermas). The second consists of an analysis of the current challenges of democracy and the perspective of a cosmopolitan democracy.

Bibliographical references:

  • KELSEN H., Vom Wesen und Wert der Demokratie, J.C.B Mohr, Tübingen, 1929; eng.: The Essence and Value of Democracy, Rowman & Littlefield, 2013; tr.it., Essenza e valore della democrazia, in H. Kelsen, La democrazia, il Mulino, Bologna, 2010.
  • DAHL R.A., On Political Equality, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2006; tr. it., Sull’uguaglianza politica, Laterza, Roma-Bari, 2007.
  • LUKES S., Power. A Radical View, Palgrave, London, 2005; tr.it., Potere. Una visione radicale, Vita e Pensiero, Milano, 2007.
  • ARCHIBUGI D., The Global Commonwealth of Citizens. Toward cosmopolitan Democracy, Princeton University Press, Princeton, 2015; tr.it., Cittadini del mondo. Verso una democrazia cosmopolitica, il Saggiatore, Milano, 2008.

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