The purpose of the 8th Annual Telos conference will be to analyze the key characteristics of democracy in order to determine, first, the precise advantages and disadvantages of this form of government in comparison to alternatives, second, the reasons for its rarity and volatility, and, third, the factors that are essential for its stability. We welcome paper submissions that address issues such as classical and modern theories of democracy, case studies of successful or failed democracies around the world, antinomies and conflicts within established democracies, revolutionary movements as progenitors of democracy, degeneration of democracies into other forms of government, the importance of culture and representation for founding and maintaining democracy, and the economic requirements and consequences of democracy. Speakers will include Frances Fox Piven, Mustapha Tlili, Russell Berman, Joseph Bendersky, Tim Luke, Aryeh Botwinick, and Adrian Pabst. Please send an abstract and short cv to email@example.com by November 1, 2013.
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