The impossibility of reason
Author: Mads Qvortrup

This book presents an overview of Jean–Jacques Rousseau's work from a political science perspective. Was Rousseau — the great theorist of the French Revolution—really a conservative? The text argues that the author of ‘The Social Contract’ was a constitutionalist much closer to Madison, Montesquieu, and Locke than to revolutionaries. Outlining his profound opposition to Godless materialism and revolutionary change, this book finds parallels between Rousseau and Burke, as well as showing that Rousseau developed the first modern theory of nationalism. It presents an integrated political analysis of Rousseau's educational, ethical, religious and political writings.

A Focus on Community Engagement
Frédéric Le Marcis, Luisa Enria, Sharon Abramowitz, Almudena-Mari Saez and Sylvain Landry B. Faye

, 2015 ; Richardson et al. , 2016 ; Wilkinson and Fairhead, 2017 ). Externally imposed structural adjustment in the 1980s hollowed out all (non-military) essential state functions. This, in turn, transformed citizens’ relation to and expectations of the postcolonial state and its legitimacy. Exacerbated by experiences of conflict and instability, weak health sectors and economies and an eroded social contract set the foundations for the crisis of 2014. The place of these countries in

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
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Humanitarianism in a Post-Liberal World Order
Stephen Hopgood

looming environmental disasters. Domestically, the liberal social contract is coming apart in many Western states as the coalition of those who have not benefited from the decades of wealth accumulation after 1979 turns to populist politicians and looks for scapegoats, with experts, immigrants and Muslims seen as prime targets. The commitment to liberal institutions that create limits to the scope of political competition – rights, the rule of law, freedom of the press – and to the basic level of respect due to all persons, be they citizens or refugees

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Interpreting the unions–party link
Steve Ludlam

Harrison’s and Minkin’s seminal studies, just seven other monographs appeared: Irving Richter’s studies of the politics of three affiliated unions (1973); Leo Panitch’s study of incomes policy (1976); William Muller’s study of unionsponsored MPs (1977); Lewis Minkin’s study of the Labour Party Conference (1978); Derek Fatchett’s study of the first struggle over political fund ballots (1987); Andrew Taylor’s analysis of the link during the Social Contract era and its aftermath (1987); and Paul Webb’s study of the link’s institutional forms and of union members’ electoral

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Friends or foes?
Roberto Baldoli and Claudio M. Radaelli

intervention has to be balanced by a dialogic relationship between scientists and society. In the end our proposal is about a social contract: scientists obtain freedom but guarantee self-regulation and an active dialogue with society. Governing risk in the European Union In the experience of the EU, two foundations of risk regulation have emerged. Broadly speaking, we can call one foundation evidence-based policy and the other the precautionary principle. Evidence-based policy is, in principle, the main foundation of regulatory decision-making in the OECD countries and the

in The freedom of scientific research
Dominant approaches
M. Anne Brown

be more open to other experiences, other tools. This chapter divides roughly into two parts. The first part introduces briefly the polarity of universalism and relativism that structures much of what it is possible to say on human rights – chapter 3 explores this theme further. The chapter then looks at the story of the Lockean social contract, as one still potent myth of the origin for human rights and more broadly as a mechanism for conceptualising the human political community and ethics in the liberal state. The adequacy of these

in Human rights and the borders of suffering
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The place of equal opportunity
Andrew Mason

govern our major institutions, Rawls draws upon the social contract tradition in order to develop a method which he hopes can secure agreement on a particular conception of justice. Rawls’s guiding idea is that the principles which should be adopted are those which rational persons, concerned to further their own interests, would agree upon in an initial position of equality. In order to model this initial

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Given the significant similarities and differences between the welfare states of Northern Europe and their reactions to the perceived 'refugee crisis' of 2015, the book focuses primarily on the three main cases of Denmark, Sweden and Germany. Placed in a wider Northern European context – and illustrated by those chapters that also discuss refugee experiences in Norway and the UK – the Danish, Swedish and German cases are the largest case studies of this edited volume. Thus, the book contributes to debates on the governance of non-citizens and the meaning of displacement, mobility and seeking asylum by providing interdisciplinary analyses of a largely overlooked region of the world, with two specific aims. First, we scrutinize the construction of the 2015 crisis as a response to the large influx of refugees, paying particular attention to the disciplinary discourses and bureaucratic structures that are associated with it. Second, we investigate refugees’ encounters with these bureaucratic structures and consider how these encounters shape hopes for building a new life after displacement. This allows us to show that the mobility of specific segments of the world’s population continues to be seen as a threat and a risk that has to be governed and controlled. Focusing on the Northern European context, our volume interrogates emerging policies and discourses as well as the lived experiences of bureaucratization from the perspective of individuals who find themselves the very objects of bureaucracies.

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Emilio Santoro

and the provision of social security. 2 From social contract to zero tolerance From Cesare Beccaria in the eighteenth century to Hart and Rawls in the twentieth, 10 liberal theories of punishment have attempted to combine the general deterrence of crime with due retribution against actual criminals. In eighteenth-century theories, criminal law was regarded as an expression of the general will. As such, it was believed not

in Political concepts
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Judith Squires

of liberalism as being androcentric, the second criticises the extent to which elements of the classical tradition are imported into the liberal model of social contract theory and the third criticises the actual patriarchal practices of ‘liberal’ regimes. While the first of these feminist critiques directly rejects the liberal conception of the public–private distinction, the second suggests that liberalism has

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