Department Research Seminar
Anthony F. Lang, Jr. - "Global Constituent Power: Protests and Human Rights'
"Is there a global constituent power? In this paper, I argue that there is. To make this claim, I propose a standard by which forms of political activism, political protest, and social movements that are transnational and global in orientation can be understood as ‘global constituent moments’. The standard arises from an engagement with the works of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, James Wilson, and Hannah Arendt. The standard I propose requires that global forms of political activism must be tied to the normative agenda of constitutionalism, particularly claims to human rights, in order to part of a global constituent power. The paper briefly surveys three such moments: the global Occupy Movement, the Arab Spring protests, and the recent release of the Panama Papers. I explore the extent to which each instance of transnational political instance provides an example of global constituent power."
Biography - Anthony F. Lang, Jr. (St Andrews)
Anthony F. Lang, Jr. holds a Chair in International Political Theory in the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews and is Director of the Centre for Global Constitutionalism.