1st Edition

Republicanism in Theory and Practice

Edited By Iseult Honohan, Jeremy Jennings Copyright 2006
    272 Pages
    by Routledge

    272 Pages
    by Routledge

    Recent claims that civic republicanism can better address contemporary political problems than either liberalism or communitarianism are generating an intense debate.

    This is a sharp insight into this debate, confronting normative theory with historical and comparative analysis. It examines whether republican theory can address contemporary political problems in ways that are both valuable and significantly different in practice from liberalism. These expert authors offer contrasting perspectives on issues raised by the contemporary revival of republicanism and adopt a variety of methodological approaches to address the practical implications of republican thought within a coherent thematic framework. This book also

    *clarifies core themes and contested areas of republican thought, especially the notion of liberty, the specific political institutions needed to realize it, and the nature of solidarity among citizens.

    * shows how republicanism continued to influence the development of liberal thought in nineteenth century Britain

    * examines the development of alternative republican discourses, including the established political practice and ideology of the French republican tradition

    * applies republican perspectives to contemporary political concerns such as the creation of social trust and the expansion of public accountability

    * explores the implications of republican theory for policy areas including houses, education and marriage in diverse multicultural societies

    This book will be of great interest to researchers and students studying republicanism in political science history, social policy and education. In addition, it is a valuable resource for those concerned with citizenship, democratic theory, multiculturalism, nationalism and patriotism, and politics beyond the nation-state.

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    Notes on contributors

    Series editor’s preface[?]


    1 Introduction

    Iseult Honohan and Jeremy Jennings

    Part I: The republican conception of liberty

    2 Four models of republican liberty and self-government

    Per Mouritsen

    Part II: Historical expressions of republicanism

    3 Reforming republicanism in nineteenth century Britain: James Lorymer’s The Republican in context

    Duncan Kelly

    4 Two philosophers of the Republic: Charles Renouvier and Jules Barni

    Jeremy Jennings

    5 Creating republican ceremony: French Presidential funerals 1880-1940

    Pierre-Yves Baudot

    6 Seán O’Faoláin’s discourse of ‘the betrayal of the Republic’ in mid-twentieth

    century Ireland

    Mark McNally

    Part III: The foundations of republican community

    7 Political trust, democracy and the republican tradition

    Francisco Herreros Vázquez

    8 Contemporary republican theories: in search of solidarity

    Laura Andronache

    Part IV: Republican political institutions

    9 Modern republican democratic contestation: a model of deliberative democracy

    John Maynor

    10 Republican theory and democratic transformation

    John Schwarzmantel

    11 Public spheres and civic competence in the European polity: a case of liberal republicanism?

    Kostas Lavdas and Dimitris Chryssochoou

    Part V: Applying republican theory to policy

    12 Restricting family rights: philosophical reflections on transnational marriages

    Margo Trappenburg

    13 The French Republican ‘model of integration’ from theory to practice: the case of housing policy

    Valérie Sala Pala

    14 Educating citizens: nation-building and its republican limits

    Iseult Honohan

    15 Conclusion

    Iseult Honohan and Jeremy Jennings




    Iseult Honohan is a lecturer in political theory in the Department of Politics, University College Dublin. Her current research interests lie in republican theory and its applications to areas including citizenship and immigration, and issues of morality and public life in contemporary societies. She is the author of Civic Republicanism (Routledge, 2002).

    Jeremy Jennings is Professor of Political Theory, University of Birmingham. His research interests cover French (and European) political thought from the eighteenth century to the present day. He is completing Revolution and the Republic: a History of Political Thought in France since the Eighteenth Century (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).