Workings of Democracy:

Practices, Norms and Understanding

University of Iceland Reykjavík May 27–29, 2015


Full program (pdf)

Full program, table (pdf)


Wednesday May 27

Room: Oddi 101

16:30–17:00 Registration
17:00–17:10 Mr. Einar K. Guðfinnsson, Speaker of Althingi: Welcome remarks


Vilhjálmur Árnason (University of Iceland):

Workings of Democracy:The Case of Iceland


Oddi Main Hall: Reception at the invitation of the Speaker of the Althingi


Thursday May 28

Room: Oddi 101

09:10–10:10 Keynote Lecture, Simone Chambers (University of Toronto):The Realist Challenge to Deliberative Democracy
10:10–10:30 Coffee


Thursday May 28 Workings of Democracy

Room: Oddi 201

10:30-11:05 Gunnar Helgi Kristinsson (University of Iceland): The state and democracy in Iceland
11:05-11:40 Guðmundur Jónsson (University of Iceland): Popular perceptions of democracy and its problems in Iceland
11:40-12:15 Sigurbjörg Sigurgeirsdóttir (University of Iceland): Government accountability practices: Trends and Modes of operation and implications for policy
12:15-13:20 Lunch
13:20-13:55 John Pitsays and Mathias El Berhoumi (University of Leuven): Counterdeliberative Practices
13:55-14:30 Philippe Urfalino (EHESS Paris): Deliberation and Majority Rule
14:30-15:05 Andrew Poe (Amherst College): A Politics Beyond Secrets
15:05-15:25 Coffee
15:25-16:00 Jonathan Kuyper (Stockholm University): Systematic  Representation: The Democratic Legitimacy of Self-Appointed Representatives
16:00-16:35 Yuval Eylon (The Open University of Israel): The Normative Status of Strategic Voting



Thursday May 28, Political Landscapes

Room: Oddi 202

10:30-11:05 Katarzyna Jezierska (University of Gothenburg ): Democracy and civil society. Relationship status: Complicated
11:05-11:40 Xavier Landes (University of Copenhagen): Consensus, Political Legitimacy and Epistemic Disagreement: Lessons from the Theorem of the Second Best
11:40-12:15 András László Pap (Hungarian Academy of Sciences): Illiberal Democracy and the Anti-democratic Backlash: A New Model in the Making? The Case of  Hungary
12:15-13:20 Lunch

Baldur Þórhallsson (University of Iceland): Neo-Liberal Small States and Economic Crises: Lessons For Democratic Corporatism

13:55-14:30 Hege Finholt (University of Oslo): EU Democracy: Transforming Perception through the Courts
14:30-15:05 Maximilian Conrad (University of Iceland): The European Citizens' Initiative: From Transnational Participatory to Transnational Deliberative Democracy
15:05-15:25 Coffee
15:25-16:00 Markus Patberg (University of Hamburg): Constituent Power: A Discourse-Theoretical Approach
16:00-16:35 Jinzhou Ye (University of Leuven): Reasonableness in Democracy?



Friday May 29 Being part of the Public Sphere

Room: Oddi 201

09:00-09:35 Þorbjörn Broddason & Ragnar Karlsson (University of Iceland): Publics,Politics and Organized Interests: Shifting Allegiances in the Icelandic Media System
09:35-10:10 Eva Groen-Rejman (University of Amsterdam): Close Encounters of a Democratic Kind; politics and media in deliberative democracy
10:10-10:30 Coffee
10:30-11:05 Antonio Casado da Rocha (University of the Basque Country): Autonomy and Narrative: Can Poetry Play a Role in Democratic Education?
11:05-11:40 Ólafur Páll Jónsson (University of Iceland): Schooling democracy
11:40-12:15 Guðmundur H. Frímannsson (University of Akureyri): Against democratic civic education
12:15-13:20 Lunch
13:20-13:55 James C. Soto (St. Clair County Community College): From Ideals to Social Change:  The Port Huron Statement and Education for Democracy
13:55-14:30 Jon Garthoff (University of Tennessee): Worldview Adoption as a Special Psychology
14:30-15:05 Jan Biba (Charles University): Is representative democracy without disfiguration possible? On Nadia Urbinati's Democracy Disfigured
15:05-15:25 Coffee


Friday May 29, Taking Part in the Public Sphere

Room: Oddi 202

09:00-09:35 Jón Ólafsson (University of Iceland): Epistemic Contribution or Political Participation
09:35-10:10 Margaux Ruellan (Université de Montréal): City-dwellers' Knowledge, Inclusion and the validity of the local decision-making process
10:10-10:30 Coffee
10:30-11:05 Eva Önnudóttir (Mannheim University): Style of representation and voters' evaluation of democratic performance
11:05-11:40 Chiara Destri (University of Milan): No Democracy for Devils: Democratic citizenship between interest and justice
11:40-12:15 Ingólfur Gíslason (University of Iceland): Police, protesters,  performance and trust. The interplay during the "pots and pans revolution" in Iceland 2008-2009
12:15-13:20 Lunch
13:20-13:55 Marta Nunes da Costa (Federal University of Santa Catarina): The Challenge of Constitutional Reform in Brazil
13:55-14:30 Salvör Nordal (University of Iceland): Consitutional Reform in Iceland. Why it failed
14:30-15:05 Noel  E. Boulting (Noboss, Kent): Plato's Forebodings regarding Citizenship within a Deliberative Democracy
15:05-15:25 Coffee


Friday May 29 – 19:00, Conference Dinner

Venue: Bergsson RE




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