2018 Johan Skytte Prize Winner's Lecture with Jane Mansbridge: “Legitimating Coercion”

  • Date: –18:40
  • Location: Room X
  • Lecturer: Jane Mansbridge, Charles F. Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values in the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University
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  • Organiser: Professor Li Bennich-Björkman
  • Contact person: Michal Smrek
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Professor Jane Mansbridge will deliver her 2018 Skytte Prize Laureate Lecture entitled “Legitimating Coercion”. The lecture is open to the public subject to a compulsory sign up: https://goo.gl/forms/FHo2W8i8KRXB2E9J3

Abstract: Increasing interdependence both between nations and between the citizens of the same nation is creating a growing number of “collective action” or “free-rider” problems, pushing many democracies around the world into crisis. Free-rider problems must often be handled by increasing state coercion. So we face the dilemma of needing more coercion but not wanting it. To solve this problem, we must find ways of making the coercion we need more legitimate. Among many other strategies, we should adopt the key insight from forty years of negotiation research: “listening for the interests behind the positions.” This requires developing institutions that make such listening more likely.  Legitimating our needed coercion is the most important political problem of the twenty-first century. 

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