• Joseph Carens on “Democracy: Bridging Facts and Norms”

    “The political theory that I write is not intended as an authoritative announcement. It is intended as an invitation to a conversation.” Joseph Carens, Professor of political science at the University of Toronto, accepted to share his own approach to political theory and his views on the relationship between political theory and empirical political science in our fifth “Democracy: Bridging Facts and Norms” podcast. This interview took place in parallel to the APSA annual meeting 2016 in Philadelphia, on September 2, 2016. It is a contribution to our 2015-2016 events series “Democracy: Bridging Facts and Norms.” Interview and jingle by Alice el-Wakil. Music “Sunday Lovers” by Monday Night Fever.

  • David Miller on “Democracy: Bridging Facts and Norms”

    What are the aims of political theory? How should political theorists select their assumptions about real-existing societies? What kind of responsibilities towards the broader public do they have, especially for research on democracy? David Miller, Professor of Political Theory at Oxford University, shares his perspective on these and other questions in our second podcast. This interview took place at the University of Montreal on August 29, 2015. It is a contribution to our 2015-2016 events series “Democracy: Bridging Facts and Norms.” Interview and jingle by Alice el-Wakil. Music “Sunday Lovers” by Monday Night Fever.

  • Michael Neblo on “Democracy: Bridging Facts and Norms”

    What should the relation between political theory and empirical political science research on democracy be like? Should we ‘compromise’ on ideals when we assess the quality of real-existing democracies? What role should democracy scholars play in public discussions, and what are their responsibilities? Michael Neblo, Assistant Professor at Ohio State University and a specialist in both empirical and theoretical political science, accepted to discuss these questions in our first podcast. This interview took place at the University of Zurich on June 24, 2015. It is a contribution to our 2015-2016 events series “Democracy: Bridging Facts and Norms.” Interview and jingle by Alice el-Wakil. Music “Sunday Lovers” by Monday Night Fever.