DPIR Alumni Event: The Engagement of Theory

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.

 

1. David Miller, 'Making Sense on Immigration'; Chair: Stephen Whitefiled. You can download a PDF file of the accompanying PowerPoint presentation by clicking here.

2. Daniel Butt, ‘Reparations and the End of Empire’; Chair: Elizabeth Frazer. You can download a PDF file of the accompanying PowerPoint presentation by clicking here.

3. Iain Mclean, ‘The growing clamour for a codified constitution of the United Kingdom (or what is left after Scotland leaves)’; Chair Scot Peterson. You can download a PDF file of the accompanying PowerPoint presentation by clicking here.

4. Jeremy Waldron, ‘Prisoners, Felons, and the Right to Vote’; Chair: Elizabeth Frazer. You can download a PDF file of the accompanying PowerPoint presentation by clicking here.

5. Iain McLean, ‘The eccentric genius of Lewis Carroll, the pioneer mathematician of voting’. You can download a PDF file of the accompanying PowerPoint presentation by clicking here.

 


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


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Speakers: Iain McLean

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Prisoners, Felons, and the Right to Vote


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Speakers: Jeremy Waldron, Elizabeth Frazer

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


You can download a PDF file of the accompanying PowerPoint presentation by clicking here.


Speakers: Iain McLean, Scot Peterson

Download: (62.9MB)

Reparations and the End of Empire


You can download a PDF file of the accompanying PowerPoint presentation by clicking here


Speakers: Daniel Butt, Elizabeth Frazer

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Making Sense on Immigration


You can download a PDF file of the accompanying PowerPoint presentation by clicking here.

 


Speakers: David Miller, Stephen Whitefield

Professor Iain McLean is Professor of Politics, Official Fellow, Nuffield CollegeDr Elizabeth Frazer is Associate Professor of Politics, Official Fellow, New CollegeDr Scot Peterson is Bingham Research Fellow in Constitutional StudiesDr Daniel Butt is Associate Professor of Political Theory, and Fellow and Tutor in Politics, Balliol CollegeProfessor David Miller is Professor of Political Theory, FBA, Senior Research Fellow, Nuffield CollegeProfessor Stephen Whitefield is Professor of Politics, Rhodes Pelczynski Tutorial Fellow in Politics, Pembroke College