WORKSHOP: Equality and Electoral Democracy

Paris, November 28-29, 2022

The workshop will focus on issues of equality and electoral democracy that have underpinned the work within the REDEM project. This includes topics such as the consequence for voters of different electoral systems in Europe, the possibilities of combining direct and representative forms of democracy; the challenges of organising elections during Covid; and the impact of immigration and new technologies on voters. A special emphasis will be placed on understanding how elections might be used to reduce, rather than increase, the different forms of inequality that plague our societies, and what it is that distinguishes democratic commitments to the equality of citizens from alternative political ideals.

Monday, November 28, 2022

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Session 1

09:30-11:15 PANEL: Democracy, decisiveness and expertise
Chair: Ludvig Beckman - University of Stockholm

Ian O'Flynn - University of Newcastle
Decisional authority and mini-publics

Corrado Fumagalli - University of Genoa
Democracy or why none of us should have the final say

Maria Paola Ferretti - Goethe University Frankfurt
Disagreement in science and democratic disagreement over science

Session 6

09:30-11:15 PANEL: Wanting to vote, wanting not to vote
Chair: Silvia Marton - University of Bucharest

Alexandru Volacu - University of Bucharest
Free-riding and compulsory voting

Chiara Destri, Marcus Häggrot - Goethe University Frankfurt
Democratic inclusion and proportional sortition

Helen Coverdale - University College London
Prisoners voting: Rights and responsibilities

11:15-11:30 COFFEE BREAK

11:15-11:30 COFFEE BREAK

Session 2

11:30-13:15 PANEL: Elections compromise and/or compromising?
Chair: Zoltan Miklosi - Central European University

Sarah Birch - King's College London
Voting for the future: Electoral institutions and the time horizons of

Elise Rouméas - University of Groningen
Institutionalising compromise?

Theresa Scavenius - Aalborg University & Danish Parliament,
   Kari de Pryck - University of Geneva

Democratic climate modeling

Session 7

Chair: Sarah Birch - King's College London

Rainer Bauböck - European University Institute
Bounded and differentiated equality - electoral democracy in mobile

13:15-14:15 LUNCH

13:00-14:15 LUNCH

Session 3

14:15-16:00 PANEL: Citizens in the information jungle
Chair: Lluis Nadal de Alsina - Warwick University

Frodo Podschwadek - Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz
Knowing how to know in the public sphere: Media competence and
   democratic equality

Carlo Burelli - University of Chicago
Resilience over equality - How to justify democracy realistically

Nikolas Kirby - Harvard University
Misinformation, democracy and distrust

Session 8

14:15-16:00 PANEL: Elections, bureaucracy and the EU
Chair: Valeria Ottonelli- University of Genoa

Sandra Seubert - Goethe-University Frankfurt
Moving beyond the constitutional trauma? A citizen-centered
   perspective on the Conference on the Future of Europe

Tom Theuns - University of Leiden
Militant democracy, democratic backsliding and EU disintegration

Philippe van Parijs - Universities of Louvain and Leuven
The pan-European electoral constituency: rationale, variants, progress,

16:00-16:15 COFFEE BREAK

16:00-16:15 COFFEE BREAK

Session 4

16:15-18:00 PANEL: The right to stand and electoral competition
Chair: Eric Kerrouche - Sciences Po/CEVIPOF & French Senate

Attila Mráz, Annabelle Lever - Sciences Po/CEVIPOF
The right to stand for election: A Millian account

Stéphanie Tawa Lama - Centre National de Recherche Scientifique
   (France) & Centre de Sciences Humaines (Delhi)

The fluctuations of the right to stand: a study of the “2 child norm” in India

Steven Klein - King's College London
On the egalitarian value of electoral competition

Session 9

16:15-18:00 ROUNDTABLE: Equality and electoral democracy
Moderator: Annabelle Lever - Sciences Po/CEVIPOF

Alberto Alemanno - The Good Lobby & Haute Ecole de Commerce

Rumena Filipova - Global Analytics

Sergei Guriev - Sciences Po

Lex Paulson - UM6P School of Collective Intelligence & Sciences Po

18:00-18:15 BREAK

18:00-18:15 BREAK

Session 5

Chair: Philippe van Parijs - Universities of Louvain and Leuven

Joshua Cohen - Apple University & UC Berkeley
Rawlsian reflections on democracy's fragility

Session 10

Chair: Annabelle Lever - Sciences Po

Anne Phillips - London School of Economics
Democracy and the egalitarian promise