BJPIR Public Lecture with Jane Mansbridge
Thursday, 9 June 2016 from 17:00 to 19:30 (BST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Why We Need More and More State Coercion – And What to Do About It
In a world of growing interdependence, our societies need more and more legitimate coercion by the state to solve the ‘free-rider problems’ created by our growing need for ‘free-access goods.’ Without such coercion, our citizens cannot produce the extraordinarily large number of free-access goods that we want and need, at least as long as we continue to live in large and relatively anonymous societies. The more interdependent we become, globally and within our nations, the more state coercion we need. The best coercion is legitimate. Legitimacy creates trust and requires trust. It depends on fair procedures. Some fairness issues are unambiguous, while others, including the best ways to reconcile conflicting interests, are still open to contest. The coming era will require institutions that facilitate genuinely legitimate coercion by fostering good forms of consensus together with majority rule, negotiation, intense protest, and decentralization. The overall goal is legitimacy through the fair aggregation of interests and fair, respectful and productive deliberation. This lecture takes up the conditions that produce legitimate coercion.
About the speaker:
Jane Mansbridge is the Adams Professor at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. She is the author of Beyond Adversary Democracy and Why We Lost the ERA. She is also the editor or co-editor of several volumes: Beyond Self-Interest, Feminism (with Susan Moller Okin), Oppositional Consciousness (with Aldon Morris); Deliberative Systems (with John Parkinson); and Political Negotiation (with Cathie Martin).
Her work on political representation includes “A ‘Selection Model’ of Political Representation” in the Journal of Political Philosophy (2009) and “Should Blacks Represent Blacks and Women Represent Women? A Contingent Yes” (American Journal of Politics 1999). Her work on deliberative democracy includes "Everyday Talk in the Deliberative System" (l999), “The Place of Self-Interest and the Role of Power in Deliberative Democracy,” with eight co-authors (2010), “A Systemic Approach to Democratic Deliberation,” with seven co-authors (2012), and “Deliberative Negotiation,” with Mark Warren and eleven other co-authors (2013).
Professor Mansbridge served as President of the American Political Science Association from 2012 to 2013. She is a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Radcliffe Medalist.
Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation
High School Yards
Edinburgh EH1 1LZ
Bus stop: South Bridge. Bicycles can be parked in the courtyard in front of the venue. There is limited on-street parking (metered). There is an off-street carpark at Blackfriars Street.
Jane Mansbridge's lecture will coincide with her Honorary Degree ceremony. We therefore kindly ask all attendees to arrive in good time before the start of the event (around 16.45) to ensure that the Honorary Degree ceremony is not delayed.
The event is co-hosted by the School of Social and Political Science, and the British Journal of Politics and International Relations.
Presentation of Hononrary Degree: 17.00 - 17.15
Lecture: 17.15 - 18.30
Reception: 18.30 - 19.30
When & Where
School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh
The School of Social and Political Science is one of the largest Schools within the University of Edinburgh. Our international community of students and staff undertake a wide variety of learning, teaching, research and engagement activities. Our interdisciplinary focus cuts across traditional social scientific boundaries, creating a vibrant and stimulating environment in which to work and study.