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Durham University

MSc Global Politics

Event Detail

'Putting the Liberal Back into Liberal Democracy'

20th February 2018, 16:00 to 18:00, IM222, Al-Qasimi Building, Professor Albert Weale

The Global Policy Institute presents a GPI Seminar with Professor Albert Weale (UCL).

There is a long-standing discussion in democratic theory about the relationship between liberal constitutional values on the one hand and democratic values on the other. This theoretical discussion has been made more urgent in recent years with the rise of populism and the growth of the ideology of illiberal democracy. Distinguishing liberal constitutional values from broader liberal values, this paper argues that there are close conceptual and empirical connections between a liberal constitutional order and a democratic order. Liberal constitutional values both underpin the institutions of democratic governance, but also are required to allow citizens in a democracy to shape and reconstruct the rules of the constitutional game.

About the speaker:
Albert Weale is Professor of Political Theory and Public Policy at University College of London (UCL) since 2010 and currently holds an ESRC Professorial Fellowship in 'Social Contract, Deliberative Democracy and Public Policy'. Educated at the University of Cambridge (1968-74), he started his career as Sir James Knott Fellow in the Department of Politics, University of Newcastle (1974-76). He was appointed Professor of Politics at the University of East Anglia (1985-992) and Professor of Government at the University of Essex (1992-2009). In addition, he has held visiting positions at Yale University, the University of Dar Es Salaam and Australian National University.

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