You said in your recent public speech in Castellon that we’re now living in the age of mega-projects. What exactly did you mean by this? In Europe as elsewhere, we’ve entered times marked by big-footprint projects, organised efforts to do things never before attempted, adventures of power that touch and transform the lives of millions [...]
During mid-January 2013, John Keane delivered a number of talks and lectures and gave interviews in Castellón and Valencia, Spain. The subjects ranged from mega-projects and power, the political dangers of silence, public disaffection with official politics and the future of monitory democracy.
Look around, or beyond the borders where you live. You’ll probably have noticed that disquiet and disaffection are spreading through the drought fields of democracy. Political parties and legislatures are not exactly in favour. Public disenchantment with politicians and official “politics” is rising everywhere, fed by corruption and power-grabbing, factional infighting and mischief-making populists. There [...]
James Madison famously remarked that a popular government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy. The present government of the People’s Republic of China has set out to disprove this rule. Rejecting talk of farce and tragedy, its rulers claim their authority is [...]
Bericht 2011 Forschungsprofessur Theorie, Geschichte und Zukunft der Demokratie Prof. John Keane Ph.D. Die Forschungsprofessur konzentriert sich auf die Geschichte und Zukunft demokratischer Ideen, Institutionen und Akteure. Leitend ist dabei die Einsicht, dass Demokratie eine zeit- und geschichtsgebundene Staatsform darstellt. Dies ist auch für die Analyse gegenwärtiger Entwicklungen von Belang und bietet Anknüpfungspunkte für Kooperationen [...]
When making sense of the weird things happening in the northern hemisphere one trend should not escape our notice: a deepening crisis caused by bankers’ greed is beginning to rip the guts out of democracy. Here’s what the textbooks say: in the countries of continental Europe, Britain and the United States, democracy is a special [...]
(Australia’s Challenge to the Imperial Connection An Interview with John Keane By Norma Denny Originally published in Sources – Paris -, Autumn 1997 pp. 37-52) ND. As an Australian and a specialist in political philosophy how do you react to the present debate concerning constitutional reform versus radical reform in favour of a republican system?
Interview with John Keane, Publico, Lisbon, 5 November 2006. Click here to read scanned newspaper article
The Sctotsman: 03 December 2009 By CHRISTOPHER MACKIE Click here to read article in scanned PDF format
The Australian Financial Review Magazine. 11 December 2009 p. 16, Interview by Janne Ryan and photo by Louise Kennerley. PDF