Book Event: Militant Democracy and its Critics: Populism, Parties, Extremism

  • Date: –19:30
  • Location: Zoom:
  • Lecturer: Anthoula Malkopoulou, Senior Lecturer at the Dept. of Political Science, Lund University, and Docent at Uppsala University
  • Organiser: Department of Government and Uppsala Forum, in cooperation with the Association of Foreign Affairs
  • Contact person: Mattias Vesterlund
  • Föreläsning

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Should representative governments restrict the democratic rights of their extremist opponents?

Militant Democracy refers to the defensive policies democracies use to respond to antidemocratic movements. Can defensive efforts that curtail rights of participation be consistent with democratic values? In this collection of essays, scholars from across politics, philosophy and law address the unresolved practical and theoretical questions concerning democracy and extremism. The collection provides an update to a key contemporary debate in democratic theory and asks us to reconsider the potential promise and costs of militant democracy.

Anthoula Malkopoulou is Senior Lecturer in Political Theory, Lund University, and a Docent at Uppsala University. She has been a Marie Curie Fellow and a visiting fellow at the Faculty of Arts Program ‘Engaging Vulnerability’, Uppsala University. She has also held research positions at Princeton University, the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study and the University of Jyväskylä. Malkopoulou is the author of The History of Compulsory Voting in Europe (Routledge, 2015) and co-editor of Equality and Representation (Routledge: 2018).


Bastiaan Rijpkema, Associate Professor of Jurisprudence, Leiden University

Peter Stone, Associate Professor, Trinity College

Alexander Kirshner, Associate Professor, Duke University

Ludvig Norman, Associate Senior Lecturer, Stockholm University