Researching democratic theory, international ethics, and modern and non-western political thought

The Centre for Governance and Public Policy has one of the foremost groupings of political philosophers in Australia. This program brings together their research in three core areas.

The first and most extensive of these areas is democratic theory, specifically in relation to democratic leadership, cosmopolitanism and deliberative democracy. The second area covers modern political thought, engaging with political thinkers from Machiavelli to Badiou and with modern political ideologies such as anarchism and green political thought.

The third theme is in international ethics and non-western political thought, with work on topics such as cosmopolitan justice, the problem of evil in international relations, the place of emotions and hospitality in international relations and Confucian political philosophy.

Program leader: Associate Professor Gideon Baker

Research highlight

In 2016 the Comparative Political Philosophy Program hosted a delegation of political theorists from the Department of Political Science at the National University of Singapore for a two-day symposium on international political theory. The Symposium heard papers on a wide range of topics, from the movies of Adam Curtis to the republicanism of Immanuel Kant, including discussions of political theology, recognition, human rights, deliberation, honour, global citizenship, revolution and the emotions.

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