Politics and International Relations

DPIR Alumni Event: ‘The Engagement of Theory’

Recorded: 2013/11/30

The theory of politics is sometimes seen as abstract, ivory-tower thinking, detached from reality. But the challenges that face Britain today—constitutional reform, possible secession by Scotland, our relation to the authorities in Brussels and in Strasbourg, and our views about immigration and financial equity—all involve fundamental concepts and values. And it is the mission of political theorists to think as hard as they can about how those values and concepts affect the issues that face our politicians and voters. So we have assembled a team of Oxford theorists to present some of our latest thinking on these topics, to show how theory affects practice and how practice generates the problems that engage and fascinate our theorists. Our theme is “The Engagement of Theory” and our presentations are about the challenges and sometimes the disconcerting implications of working through these issues with a clear sense of political values.

This event took place in the Manor Road Building, University of Oxford, on Saturday 30 November, 2013.

A full programme of the event can be found here.

Making Sense on Immigration

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Speaker: David Miller

Chair: Stephen Whitefield

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Reparations and the End of Empire

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Speaker: Daniel Butt

Chair: Elizabeth Frazer

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The growing clamour for a codified constitution of the UK (or what is left after Scotland leaves)

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Speaker: Iain McLean

Chair: Scot Peterson

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Prisoners, Felons, and the Right to Vote

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Speaker: Jeremy Waldron

Chair: Elizabeth Frazer

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The eccentric genius of Lewis Carroll, the pioneer mathematician of voting

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Speaker: Iain McLean

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