1 September 2018 - 31 August 2019
»Territorial Represenation, Public Reason, And Cultural Justice«
Many contemporary democracies practice forms of representation that involve two features: parliamentary representatives are returned from geographically defined electoral districts, and votes are obligatorily counted in the voters’ district of residence. But the rationale and morality of this territorial mode of representation remain undertheorised and my current research project seeks to fill this gap. It is particularly concerned to explore three inter-related puzzles: First, what reasons of principle might there be to endorse territorial representation? Second, can territorial representation be just in a context of religious and cultural pluralism given that such forms of representation can make it difficult for geographically dispersed minorities – e.g. religious minorities, nomadic populations, immigrant groups – to gain representation in parliament? And third, is the territorial mode of representation compatible with the liberal principle of public reason, which states that public policy must be justified with reasons that all reasonable citizens can accept? Or is it rather the case that arguments in favour of territorial representation rest on reasonably rejectable assumptions – e.g. an assumption that citizens are relatively sedentary and/or that citizens’ interests are tied to, and profoundly structured by, their place of residence? (Marcus Carlsen Häggrot)
Currently Marcus Carlsen Häggrot is a Teaching Adjunct at the Institut d’Études Politiques/Sciences Po in Reims. In 2018 he received his doctorate at the Department of Politics and IR at University of Oxford in England with a thesis on »Nomads in the Liberal State: Liberal Approaches to the Problem of Roma and Traveller Itinerancy«.
Main areas of research
Democratic theory; Democratic Institutions; Minority Rights; Mobile Minority Groups
»The Right to Vote and Nomadic Voter Enrolmentv, in: Citizenship Studies, 22:7, 2018.