Resident at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:October 2016−September 2017
Research topic at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:»On Transnational Partisanship«
How can ordinary citizens overcome the power of elites? By organising, of course. This
insight is as old as modern democracy itself, and it remains true in ever so many ways. In this
age of globalisation, elites increasingly operate transnationally, coordinating their activities
beyond the confines of the nation-state. Think for example of the numerous organised interest
groups that lobby the European Commission. Transnational elites of this kind often have
disproportionate impact on decisions that affect millions of citizens, relegating the latter to
passive recipients of policy. In order effectively to contest the power and influence of such
groups, it seems, citizens too will have to project their collective political activities across
borders; they will have to organise transnationally.
The proposed research project seeks to explore a largely ignored but potentially
fruitful way in which citizens may jointly act beyond the domestic political stage: as
transnational partisans who promote comprehensive political visions together with likeminded
others from separate political spheres. The idea of transnational partisanship is
ordinarily associated with the Socialist tradition and activist-writers such as Rosa
Luxemburg. The project seeks to investigate the relevance and potential of this idea in the
world as we know it today. Specifically, it seeks to answer three fundamental questions.
Firstly, what exactly is transnational partisanship, and how does it differ from other forms of
transnational action? Secondly, under what conditions might transnational partisanship
emerge and prosper? And thirdly, can transnational partisanship serve as a pathway to
transnational democracy? (Fabio Wolkenstein)
Funding of the stay:»Justitia Amplificata. Rethinking Justice − Applied and Global«
Scholarly profile of Fabio Wolkenstein Fabio Wolkenstein earned his doctorate in political theory at the London School of Economics and Political Science in July 2016 with a thesis entitled »Deliberative Democracy Within Parties«.
Please find more information about Fabio Wolkenstein here.
Main areas of research:Democratic theory, in particular the theoretical study of political parties, activism and representation
- (with Martin Ebeling) »Exercising Deliberative Agency in Deliberative Systems«, in: Political Studies (forthcoming).
- »Democracy, Transnational Partisanship, and the EU«, in: Journal of Common Market Studies (forthcoming).
- »Populism, Liberal Democracy, and the Ethics of Peoplehood«, in: European Journal of Political Theory (forthcoming).
- »Intra-Party Democracy Beyond Aggregation«, in: Party Politics (forthcoming).
- »Membership Ballots and the Value of Intra-party Democracy«, in: Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy (forthcoming).
- (with Carlo Invernizzi-Accetti) »The Crisis of Party Democracy, Cognitive Mobilisation, and the Case for Making Parties More Deliberative«, in: American Political Science Review, Vol. 111 (1), 2017.
- »A Deliberative Model of Intra-Party Democracy«, in: Journal of Political Philosophy, Vol. 24 (3), 2016.