Philip Pettit’s Republican Reflections on the 15-M Movement

A while back, I wondered out loud to myself about how the financial crisis and its impact in Spain might throw into new relief the involvement of Philip Pettit in advising and monitoring the Spanish government in implementing his principles of civic republicanism. ABC Democracy has a link to a new essay by Pettit himself reflecting on this very issue, in light of the demands for ‘real democracy now‘ articulated by the indignados of the 15-M movement. His piece revolves around the challenge of developing plausible accounts of alternative institutional design that move beyond the populist rhetoric of the magical collective power of the people.