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Liberalism and Republicanism: Public Policy Implications

Wednesday, 13 February 2013 from 09:00 to 19:00 (GMT)

London, United Kingdom

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In recent years there has been a growing interest among political theorists and philosophers in republican political thought. Influenced by the works of Quentin Skinner and Philip Pettit, proponents of this tradition typically claim it as a critical and superior alternative to mainstream liberal political theory. Yet it still remains unclear whether these two traditions are genuinely antagonistic. Historically, there is a considerable overlap in the canon of republicanism and liberalism. Theoretically, while past debates focused on different conceptions of liberty, contemporary work reveals some common ground between the two traditions.

This one-day conference aims to explore the relationship between liberal and republican political theory with regard to their public policy implications. In particular, the extent to which liberal and republican theory generate genuinely different public policy; whether or not it is possible to synthesise liberal and republican accounts; or rather, should clear demarcation be made between the two traditions?

For any questions please contact Lior Erez (lior.erez.10@ucl.ac.uk) and Nick Martin (nick.martin.09@ucl.ac.uk).

 

Programme


8.30-9.00 - Registration and welcome coffee

9.00-9.15 – Opening remarks

 

9.15-10.45 - Panel 1: Rights, Law and Punishment

Chair: Prof. Richard Bellamy

 

Christopher Hamel (Université Libre de Bruxelles)

Reworking Pettit’s republicanism on individual rights

 

Nikolas Kirby (Oxford)

The disappearance of republican liberty: what is the difference between a disinterested gentle giant and a deterred criminal?

 

Andrei Poama (Sciences Po/Yale)

Not just republicans: two problems for a republican theory of punishment


10.45-11.15 Coffee break

 

11.15-12.45 - Panel 2: Social Values, Neutrality and Perfectionism

Chair: Prof. Cecile Laborde

 

Gregory Whitfield (Washington University in St. Louis)

Perfectionism, liberal neutrality and republicanism

 

Tom Hannant (Queen Mary, London)

In defence of distinction: a case for maintaining a division between liberalism and republicanism in theory and practice

 

Gregory Walker (Open University)

Liberalism, republicanism and same-sex marriage


12.45-13.45 Lunch


13.45-15.15 - Panel 3: Non-Arbitrary Power and Social Protection

Chair: Prof. Albert Weale

 

Alan Coffee (King’s College, London)

Republican independence as equality and virtue. Part 1: Internal Diversity
 

Matthew Hall (Royal Holloway, London)

Power imbalances, domination and freedom - The case of data collection


15.15-15.30 Coffee break


15.30-17.00 - Panel 4: Justice in the Economic Sphere

Chair: Dr. John Filling

 

Maria Dimova-Cookson (Durham)

Liberty, welfare and social justice in the context of Pettit’s republicanism and Hobhouse’s new liberalism

 

Adam Fusco (York)

Freedom, the market, and citizenship: A republican sketch of the civic economy

 

Simon Cotton (Princeton)

Lovett's conception of non-domination and its implications for distributive justice: an egalitarian critique


17.00-17.30 Coffee break


17.30-19.00 Keynote speech

 

Dr. Stuart White (Oxford)

The liberal contribution to republican political theory


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Council Room
School of Public Policy, Department of Political Science, University College London
29/30 Tavistock Square
WC1H 9QU London
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 13 February 2013 from 09:00 to 19:00 (GMT)


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