„The group of Christian Rostbéll and Theresa Scavenius offers the most sought-after analysis of the nature, limits and ethics of compromise. It brings together established and emerging scholars who are roughly equally divided between critical advocates and reflective critics of the coherence and moral value of compromises. Along the way, the authors examine some of the key issues of contemporary political philosophy, including the existence of pluralism of values, reasonable differences and the possibility of public reason, the justification of democracy and the virtues of citizenship. In short, it is a book that, in the study of the central importance of compromises with our political practice, offers a new insight into some of the fundamental issues of political philosophy. “ – Richard Bellamy, Director of the Max Weber Programme, European University Institute „Compromise and Disagreement on Contemporary Political Theory is an important book. Contrary to the populists` assertion that elected leaders and legislative majorities have the right to govern without corresponding to minority views or interests, this book shows that compromises are at the heart of constitutional democracy. Far from being too consensual a „for want of better“ or simply a modus vivendi, compromise has a normative status. It is the great merit of this volume to begin the discussion on the status and normative justifications of compromises and its role in the work of democracy. A must for all political theorists interested in constitutionalism and democracy. “ – Jean L.
Cohen, Nell and Herbert Singer Professor of Political Science and Contemporary Civilization, Columbia University Until recently, compromise discussions were largely absent from political theory. However, political theorists are increasingly interested in understanding the practice and justification of compromises in politics. This interest is linked to the growing concern for pluralism and differences of opinion. The book will be of interest to a wide range of scientists in the social sciences, philosophy and law. It will be useful to introduce scientists to a wide range of compromise and reading approaches for postgraduate courses in political theory and political philosophy, ethics, the history of ideas and the philosophy of law. Christian F. Rostbéll is a professor of political science at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in the United States. He published in detail in political theory. He is the author of Deliberative Freedom: Deliberative Democracy as Critical Theory (SUNY Press, 2008) and articles such as Journal of Politics, Political Theory, Constellations, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy – Social Criticism, European Journal of Political Theory, Social Theory and Practice and European Political Science Review.
Compromise and divergence in contemporary political theory constitute a critical debate about when compromises are the best response to pluralism and differences of opinion in democratic decision-making and beyond.