Nicola McMillanPhD student
Political philosophy, democratic theory, feminist theory, aesthetics
Difference and Deliberative Democracy
In my PhD research I am considering how theories of identity and difference should impact our political theory, particularly democratic deliberative theory. My thesis is that deliberative theorists who deal with difference tend to step back from fully embracing it, and I argue that without fully understanding how difference and identity works through democracy, our deliberative theories will fail. My work is therefore focused on how identity spans the cultural, civic and political spheres, as well as on how political participation is both fostered and stymied by social difference, and how this affects questions of political legitimacy.