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Agné, H. (2023). Democracy beyond the state in the age of cities: explaining crisis dynamics in national democracy. In: Juval Portugali (Ed.), The Crisis of Democracy in the Age of Cities: (pp. 246-266). Cheltenham/Northampton: Edward Elgar Publishing
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Democracy beyond the state in the age of cities: explaining crisis dynamics in national democracy
2023 (English)In: The Crisis of Democracy in the Age of Cities / [ed] Juval Portugali, Cheltenham/Northampton: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2023, , p. 246-65 p. 246-266Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The age of cities is an unexplored factor in democratic research. What may it reveal about democracy that we did not know before? What new approaches to explain or manage crises of democracy may it suggest? This chapter argues that explanations of democracy in an age of cities should take into consideration how democracy extends beyond individual states. Democracy beyond the state refers to a democracy constituted by the people of more than one state, e.g. all human beings, or by people whose politics is significantly independent of their individual state for other reasons, e.g. because they inhabit a powerful city. Originally constructed to explain outcomes of international politics, the concept of democracy beyond the state holds a unique capacity to register how democracy is transformed in the age of cities. Both concepts describe structures at a global level of analysis, including all humans in single descriptions of their political rule (varying levels of democracy) and their life place (spread variously across cities and the country). This chapter thus offers a conceptualization of democracy that supports a full engagement with the age of cities in democratic research. As a preliminary proof of concept, the chapter also provides an original and parsimonious explanation of today’s crisis of democracy, as observable in democratic backsliding within many countries across the world.  

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cheltenham/Northampton: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2023. p. 246-65 
Series
Cities series
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-224542 (URN)10.4337/9781803923055.00023 (DOI)9781803923048 (ISBN)9781803923055 (ISBN)
Available from: 2023-12-16 Created: 2023-12-16 Last updated: 2024-02-09Bibliographically approved
Agné, H. (2023). Disagreement between humans and AI: A political approach to existential risk. In: : . Paper presented at Annual conference of the Swedish Political Science Association – SWEPSA 2023, Gothenburg, Sweden, 4-6 October, 2023..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Disagreement between humans and AI: A political approach to existential risk
2023 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper introduces and elaborates on a distinctively political approach to study and manage existential risks with artificial intelligence (AI). In contrast to research in ethics, economics, and computer science, a political approach to interactions between AI and humans emphasizes the possibility and effects of persisting disagreements. The paper introduces issues of how humans and AI exercise power while neither side is able to control, or enslave, the other (1); how persisting disagreements between humans and AI may induce either mutual learning and value-creation, or destructive conflicts and large-scale violence (2); how knowledge of political dynamics between states, classes and sexes/genders applies to imagine models for safe co-existence between humans and AI at present as well as in a post-singularity future with super-human AI (3); how human/AI relations should be constructed to reap the opportunities of AI while minimizing existential risks for humans (4).

National Category
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-224545 (URN)
Conference
Annual conference of the Swedish Political Science Association – SWEPSA 2023, Gothenburg, Sweden, 4-6 October, 2023.
Available from: 2023-12-16 Created: 2023-12-16 Last updated: 2024-02-12Bibliographically approved
Agné, H. (2023). Global Legitimacy Crises: Consequences for International Organisations and their Capacity to Rule. In: : . Paper presented at 64th ISA Annual Convention, Montreal, Canada, 15-18 Mars, 2023..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Global Legitimacy Crises: Consequences for International Organisations and their Capacity to Rule
2023 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
National Category
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-224544 (URN)
Conference
64th ISA Annual Convention, Montreal, Canada, 15-18 Mars, 2023.
Available from: 2023-12-16 Created: 2023-12-16 Last updated: 2024-02-12Bibliographically approved
Agné, H. (2023). What kind of democracy is at stake internationally?. In: : . Paper presented at Cross-Atlantic Democracy.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>What kind of democracy is at stake internationally?
2023 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-224543 (URN)
Conference
Cross-Atlantic Democracy
Available from: 2023-12-16 Created: 2023-12-16 Last updated: 2024-02-13Bibliographically approved
Agné, H. & Möller, T. (2022). Adaptive Democracy in Times of Crisis: Lessons From Sweden. In: Ursula van Beek (Ed.), Ursula van Beek (Ed.), Democracy under Pressure: Resilience or Retreat? (pp. 343-365). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Adaptive Democracy in Times of Crisis: Lessons From Sweden
2022 (English)In: Democracy under Pressure: Resilience or Retreat? / [ed] Ursula van Beek, Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2022, p. 343-365Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter traces democracy in Sweden during the past decade and looks at factors that might conceivably make this democracy more vulnerable in the future. It assesses stability and change in Swedish democracy at the level of central institutions and the party system in view of the emergence of the right-wing anti-immigration Sweden Democrats party and the challenges this poses for Swedish political parties in general. In particular, the challenge of remaining representative in the face of competition by parties considered to be anti-democratic and developing workable interaction by crafting new political alliances. The chapter then goes on to assess Swedish democracy in the wider context of globalisation, digitalisation, increasing global inequality and the individualisation of political cultures, factors commonly explaining the backsliding of democracy by asking why Sweden, despite being highly sometimes uniquely exposed to these processes, does not show signs of weakening of its democracy. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2022
Series
Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century, ISSN 2946-3416, E-ISSN 2946-3424
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-212356 (URN)10.1007/978-3-031-09123-0_12 (DOI)2-s2.0-85141412761 (Scopus ID)978-3-031-09122-3 (ISBN)978-3-031-09123-0 (ISBN)
Available from: 2022-12-06 Created: 2022-12-06 Last updated: 2023-09-07Bibliographically approved
Agné, H. (2022). Democratism: Explaining International Politics with Democracy Beyond the State. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Democratism: Explaining International Politics with Democracy Beyond the State
2022 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This insightful and timely book introduces an explanatory theory for surveying global and international politics. Describing the nature and effects of democracy beyond the state, Hans Agné explores peace andconflict, migration politics, resource distribution, regime effectiveness, foreign policy and posthuman politics throughthe lens of democratism to both supplement and challenge established research paradigms.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2022. p. 360
Series
New Horizons in International Relations
National Category
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-212697 (URN)10.4337/9781802204254 (DOI)2-s2.0-85138857858 (Scopus ID)9781802204247 (ISBN)9781802204254 (ISBN)
Available from: 2022-12-13 Created: 2022-12-13 Last updated: 2022-12-13Bibliographically approved
Agné, H. (2022). Feministisk utrikespolitik relevant även efter Ukraina: Debattartikel, Dagens Nyheter. Dagens nyheter
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Feministisk utrikespolitik relevant även efter Ukraina: Debattartikel, Dagens Nyheter
2022 (Swedish)In: Dagens nyheter, ISSN 1101-2447Article in journal, News item (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
National Category
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-212924 (URN)
Note

Publicerad 2022-05-01

Available from: 2022-12-15 Created: 2022-12-15 Last updated: 2023-06-12Bibliographically approved
Sommerer, T., Agné, H., Zelli, F. & Bes, B. (2022). Global legitimacy crises: Decline and Revival in Multilateral Governance. Oxford University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Global legitimacy crises: Decline and Revival in Multilateral Governance
2022 (English)Book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford University Press, 2022
National Category
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-213182 (URN)10.1093/oso/9780192856326.001.0001 (DOI)9780191946745 (ISBN)
Available from: 2022-12-22 Created: 2022-12-22 Last updated: 2024-01-29Bibliographically approved
Agné, H. (2022). Politiken måste lämna de tre återvändsgränderna. Dagens nyheter
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Politiken måste lämna de tre återvändsgränderna
2022 (Swedish)In: Dagens nyheter, ISSN 1101-2447Article in journal, News item (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
National Category
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-212926 (URN)
Note

Publicerad 2022-12-23.

Available from: 2022-12-15 Created: 2022-12-15 Last updated: 2023-08-16Bibliographically approved
Agné, H. & Söderbaum, F. (2022). The Costs of Legitimacy for Political Institutions. Global Studies Quarterly, 2(1), Article ID ksac003.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Costs of Legitimacy for Political Institutions
2022 (English)In: Global Studies Quarterly, E-ISSN 2634-3797, Vol. 2, no 1, article id ksac003Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Can political institutions be too legitimate for their own good? The standard view of legitimacy treats it purely as a resource—political institutions that enjoy legitimacy can draw on voluntary cooperation among their subjects to reach their aims, which is believed to make them more effective than institutions that lack legitimacy and must instead use coercion or bribery to reach aims. We challenge this conventional wisdom by advancing a more general theory that is sensitive also to the costs of legitimacy. High levels of legitimacy, we suggest, can make political actors complacent about the status quo and cause them to pay insufficient attention to problems related to implementation. In contrast, low levels of legitimacy—or legitimacy crises—can serve as a wake-up call and motivate actors to work harder to reach their original or wider goals. We illustrate this theory through a case study of the African Union, assessing when and how legitimacy serves as a cost or as a resource for political institutions, with implications for decision-making, implementation, and effectiveness.

National Category
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-212919 (URN)10.1093/isagsq/ksac003 (DOI)
Available from: 2022-12-15 Created: 2022-12-15 Last updated: 2022-12-16Bibliographically approved
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