Radical Republicanism: Recovering the Tradition's Popular Heritage

ISBN : 9780198796725

Bruno Leipold; Karma Nabulsi; Stuart White
288 Pages
153 x 234 mm
Pub date
Feb 2020
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Republicanism is a powerful resource for emancipatory struggles against domination. Its commitment to popular sovereignty subverts justifications of authority, locating power in the hands of the citizenry who hold the capacity to create, transform, and maintain their political institutions. Republicanism's conception of freedom rejects social, political, and economic structures subordinating citizens to any uncontrolled power - from capitalism and wage-labour to patriarchy and imperialism. It views any such domination as inimical to republican freedom. Moreover, it combines a revolutionary commitment to overturning despotic and tyrannical regimes with the creation of political and economic institutions that realise the sovereignty of all citizens, institutions that are resilient to threats of oligarchical control. This volume is dedicated to retrieving and developing this radical potential, challenging the more conventional moderate conceptions of republicanism. It brings together scholars at the forefront of tracing this radical heritage of the republican tradition, and developing arguments, texts, and practices into a critical and emancipatory body of political and social thought. The volume spans historical discussions of the English Levellers, French and Ottoman revolutionaries, and American abolitionists and trade unionists; explorations of the radical republican aspects of the thought of Machiavelli, Marx, and Rousseau; and theoretical examinations of social domination and popular constitutionalism. It will appeal to political theorists, historians of political thought, and political activists interested in how republicanism provides a robust and successful radical transformation to existing social and political orders.


Bruno Leipold, Karma Nabulsi, and Stuart White: Introduction: Radical Republicanism and Popular Sovereignty


1 Dorothea Gadeke: From Neorepublicanism to Critical Republicanism

2 Alan Coffee: A Radical Revolution in Thought: Frederick Douglass on the Slave's Perspective on Republican Freedom


3 John P. McCormick: Republicanism, Virtuous and Corrupt: Social Conflict, Political Leadership and Constitutional Reform in Machiavelli's Florentine Histories

4 Stuart White: Citizens' Assemblies and Republican Democracy


5 Guy Aitchison: Popular Resistance and the Idea of Rights

6 Karma Nabulsi: Two Traditions of Radical Democracy from the 1830 Revolution


7 Alex Gourevitch: Solidarity and Civic Virtue: Labour Republicanism and the Politics of Emancipation in Nineteenth Century America

8 Bruno Leipold: Marx's Social Republic: Radical Republicanism and the Political Institutions of Socialism


9 Banu Turnaoglu: The Intellectual Origins of Turkish Radical Republicanism

10 Sudhir Hazareesingh: The Utopian Imagination: Radical Republican Traditions in France, from the Enlightenment to the French Communists

About the author: 

Bruno Leipold is a Fellow in Political Theory at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He completed his DPhil at the University of Oxford and has held postdoctoral positions at the European University Institute and the Justitia Amplificata Centre for Advanced Studies at the Goethe University of Frankfurt and the Free University of Berlin.; Karma Nabulsi is Fellow and Tutor in Politics at St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford. She writes and lectures on 18th and 19th century republicanism, revolutions, and democracy, as well as on Palestine, especially Palestinian refugees.; Stuart White is Fellow in Politics at Jesus College, Oxford, having formerly taught in the Department of Political Science, M.I.T. His research is focused on democracy, republican values, and the economy, with related interests in both social policy and the political process. He is the author of The Civic Minimum (2003). He blogs occasionally at openDemocracy.

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