Populism and Civil Society – webinar recording

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Speaker: Andrew Arato and Jean Cohen

On 2 December 2022, our panel was joined by Professor Andrew Arato* and Professor Jean Cohen** for a discussion about their recent book, Populism and Civil Society: The Challenge to Constitutional Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2021).

Our panel was the leaders of our project, Honorary Associate Professor Adam Czarnota and Professor Martin Krygier, of the University of New South Wales, Sydney, and Professor Wojciech Sadurski of the University of Sydney.

The session was recorded and the archive edition is now available for viewing.^

The discussants take a tour of key themes from the book, then the international audience participated in the Q&A session (Q&A begins after about 1 hour).

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This talk was co-hosted by the CEU Democracy Institute with the Network for Interdisciplinary Studies of Law.

^Recording was advised to all participants. Views expressed herein are those of the authors/speakers and are not necessarily those of the Australian Government, the Australian Research Council, or the individual’s parent institution.

*Andrew Arato is the Dorothy Hart Hirshon Professor in Political and Social Theory in the Sociology Department at the New School for Social Research in New York City. He has taught at L’École des hautes études and Sciences Po in Paris, as well as at the Central European University in Budapest. His scholarly research is widely recognized, and conferences and sessions have been organized around his work at University of Glasgow Law School (Spring 2009) and Koc University, Istanbul (December 2009), as well as at the Faculty of Law, Witwaterstrand University, Johannesburg, South Africa (August 2010). Arato was appointed Honorary Professor and Bram Fischer Visiting Scholar at the School of Law, University of Witwatersrand Johannesburg (June 2010-June 2011). Some of his books are The Adventures of the Constituent Power: Beyond Revolutions? (Cambridge University Press, 2017); Post Sovereign Constitution Making: Learning and Legitimacy (Oxford University Press, 2016); Constitution Making Under Occupation: The Politics of Imposed Revolution Iraq (Columbia, 2009); Civil Society, Constitution, and Legitimacy (Rowman & Littlefield, 2000).

**Jean L Cohen is the Nell and Herbert M Singer Professor of Political Thought and Contemporary Civilization at Columbia University, New York City. She is the author of numerous books including Class and Civil Society: The Limits of Marxian Critical Theory (University of Massachusetts Press, 1982); Civil Society and Political Theory (co-authored with Andrew Arato) (MIT Press, 1992); Regulating Intimacy: A New Legal Paradigm (Princeton University Press, 2002); Globalization and Sovereignty: Rethinking Legality, Legitimacy, and Constitutionalism (Cambridge University Press, 2012). Professor Cohen has also co-edited multiple volumes and published over 70 articles in journals such as Constellations, Ethics and International Affairs, Global Constitutionalism, Philosophy, and Social Criticism, Political Theory, Social Research, Telos, and Thesis 11, among others.