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CPP Colloquium with Andrei Poama, Making Offenders Vote: Democratic Expressivism and Coerced Criminal Voting

Thursday 15 March 2018
CPP Colloquia 2017-2018
P.J. Veth
Nonnensteeg 1-3
2311 VJ Leiden

The Center for Political Philosophy in Leiden is pleased to announce a talk by

Andrei Poama (Leiden)


Is criminal disenfranchisement compatible with a democratic political order? This article (co-authored with Tom Theuns) considers this question in light of a recently developed view that criminal disenfranchisement is justified because it expresses our commitment to democratic values. We call this view expressive disenfranchisement and refer to the general conception in which it is grounded as democratic expressivism. Contra supporters of expressive disenfranchisement, we argue that democratic expressivism does not offer a sound justification of criminal disenfranchisement. Additionally, we argue that, insofar as one really cares about answering serious criminal wrongs via an expression of democratic values, criminal disenfranchisement should be abandoned and replaced with a policy that temporarily coerces the relevant criminals to vote. Democratic expressivists should, in other words, move from supporting the disenfranchisement of serious offenders to endorsing a policy of coerced criminal voting for a finite period of time.

About Andrei Poama

Andrei Poama is assistant professor at the Institute of Public Administration, Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs, Leiden University. His work concentrates on normative theories of punishment, the ethics of public policy, experimental philosophy, and democratic theory. He has published in Philosophy and Criminal LawEuropean Journal of Political TheoryPublic Reason, Raisons Politiques, Philosophy and Public Issues, and the Swiss Political Science Review. He is currently co-editing the Routledge Handbook of Ethics and Public Policy and is co-organizing the Public Ethics Talks series at the FGGA in The Hague.

About the Center for Political Philosophy (CPP) Colloquia Series

The CPP is a collaboration between the Institute for Philosophy and the Institute for Political Science at Leiden University. Attendance of the Colloquia is free and there is no need to register. See CPP for more information. For further questions please contact dr. Dorota Mokrosinska at d.m.mokrosinska@phil.leidenuniv.nl

All are welcome!

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