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How Democratic can Representative Governments Be? A Creolized Comparison Between José de Alencar and John Stuart Mill

March 23, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Brazil Brown Bag Seminar Series invites you to its discussion titled, “How Democratic can Representative Governments Be? A Creolized Comparison Between José de Alencar and John Stuart Mill” with Gustavo Hessmann Dalaqua, Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Philosophy at the University of São Paulo and Visiting Scholar in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University.

 

What makes political representation democratic? In their works, José de Alencar and John Stuart Mill offer good answers for this question. Unlike most nineteenth-century writers, Alencar and Mill believed representative governments should not be conceived as inimical to democracy. By explaining how representation could be reconciled with the ideal of democracy, Alencar’s “Systema Representativo” (1868) and Mill’s “Considerations on Representative Government” (1861) afford us some critical tools for assessing how democratic existing governments are. By the same token, they allow us to construct proposals for furthering the democratization of our representative governments. Alencar’s and Mill’s arguments show us that, in order to enhance the democratic aspect of coeval representative governments, we should: (i) diversify the social composition of representative assemblies; (ii) increase and multiply the instruments trough which civil society and governments interact; (iii) struggle against the oligarchic control of the media. Each of these proposals shall be discussed with the Brazilian case in mind.

 

G. H. Dalaqua is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Philosophy at the University of São Paulo and a visiting scholar in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University. He has been a recipient of undergraduate and graduate fellowships from Programa de Educação Tutorial, Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior, and Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo. His current research focuses on the relationship between representative democracy and conflict in John Stuart Mill’s political philosophy.

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Date:
March 23, 2017
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1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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802 International Affairs Building
420W 118th Street
New York, NY 10027 United States
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212-854-4643
Website:
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