Call for Papers: Democratic Secrecy

Transparency in politics is the mantra of democratic governance. Despite its revered status, however, many feel that complete transparency would undermine the effective functioning of governments, and that some degree of secrecy is needed. On September 7-9, 2016, three political philosophers from Leiden will host a panel on the subject of "Democratic Secrecy" at the MANCEPT Conference in Political Theory in Manchester (UK). They call upon their colleagues in all disciplines connected to Political Legitimacy to send in papers.

Since August 2015, the Institute for Philosophy at Leiden University has been hosting an ERC Starting Grant project on “Democratic Secrecy: A Philosophical Analysis of the Role of Secrecy in Democratic Governance”. The project team consists of dr. Dorota Mokrosinska (project leader, working on the legitimacy of executive secrecy), dr. Eric R. Boot (postdoc, working on the legitimacy of unauthorized disclosures) and Imke Maessen, LLM, MA (PhD candidate, working on the legitimacy of legislative secrecy). On September 7-9, 2016, under the auspices of the MANCEPT Conference in Political Theory in Manchester (UK), the project will hold its first international workshop. Please click here for a link to the workshop and the call for papers.


Last Modified: 26-04-2016