« Vox Populi Vox Dei: Populism, Elitism and Private Reason » par Alon Harel, le 17 octobre 2017
Alon Harel, professeur de l’Université hébraïque de Jérusalem invité à Paris 1, donnera une conférence en anglais : « Vox Populi Vox Dei: Populism, Elitism and Private Reason » (( article écrit par Alon Harel & Ofer Malchai )), le mardi 17 octobre de 14h à 16h, salle 1 au Centre Panthéon.
La conférence sera présentée par Pierre Brunet, Professeur de droit public à Paris 1.
Populists often claim to represent the people by complying with their preferences and judgments. As Donald Trump argued the National Republican Convention he represents ‘the voice of the people’.
This Article challenges the populist understanding of representation. It argues that representation requires the representative to endorse the perspective and worldview of the represented. But often endorsing the perspective of the represented requires the representative to act against the convictions of the represented.
More specifically, we defend the claim that to look at the world ‘from the perspective of the represented’ the representative ought to satisfy the condition of justifiability-to the represented. The decision of the representative must rest on reasoning that is accessible to the represented.
Our proposal has broader implications for political theory. It implies for instance that private reason has important role to play in politics. The perspective or worldview of the constituencies has political force and should be present in political deliberation. While the duty of representation does not always override conflicting considerations it is relevant to the reasoning of the representatives and thereby it is relevant to democratic politics as such.