Intrusions of the People: Ideals of Popular Sovereignty in History
This lecture will examine how Europeans in particular have imagined people-making: what constitutes a people, how a people can act in history, and what it takes to preserve regimes that claim to instantiate popular rule. A long story of how continental Europeans became disenchanted with ideals of popular sovereignty will emerge – a development which in many ways has left Europe’s democracies more vulnerable to populist attacks. This story will also be explicitly tied to the European Union.
Jan-Werner Mueller is Professor of Politics at Princeton University, where he is the Founding Director of the Project in the History of Political Thought. From 1996 until 2003 he was a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford; from 2003 until 2005 he was a Fellow at the European Studies Centre, St. Antony’s College. Mueller is also co-founder of the European College of Liberal Arts (ECLA), Berlin, for which he served as founding research director. His recent publications include Wo Europa endet: Ungarn, Brüssel und das Schicksal der liberalen Demokratie (2013) and Contesting Democracy: Political Ideas in Twentieth-Century Europe (2011).
We the People: On Populism and Democracy
Lecture I: What Is Populism?
Lecture III: Real Problems – and How to Respond to Them
IWM Lectures in Human Sciences
The IWM launched this series of public lectures in 2000 on the occasion of the 100th birthday of Hans Georg Gadamer, supporter of the Institute since its inception. Selected lectures are published in English (Harvard University Press, Cambridge), German (Suhrkamp Verlag, Berlin) and Polish (Znak Publishers, Cracow, and Kurhaus Publishers, Warsaw) (see Publications).
Previous speakers included Peter Brown, Vincent Descombes, Claus Offe, Ryszard Kapuscinski, Abraham B. Yehoshua, Cornelia Klinger, Paul Ricoeur and Charles Taylor.© Photo Slider: iStocks