The meaning of the discipline of political theory develops in line with key contemporary emerging political questions. How will Europe advance in a highly interconnected world? This is especially pertinent considering the lack of adequate self-policing regulation by political institutions. Is the, until now, monopoly of contemporary democracy as a model of politicization increasingly under pressure? In which direction and according to which methodology does political theory utilize these questions?
In the past few years, political science has likewise experienced a dramatic push in the direction of methodization and methodological reflection. This push in political science has also awoken methodological reflection in sub-disciplines of political theory. The sharpening of methodology awareness and the reflection over procedures of plurality were main subjects of the well neglected workshop which was organized by PD. Dr. Dirk Joerk (Heisenberg’s Scholar, University of Greifswald) and Prof. Dr. Frank Nullmeier (ZeS, University of Bremen.) and hosted by the research network “Welfare Societies.” The conference featured a great turnout and lively discussion about ‘abstract-normative’ procedures and ‘realistic’ alternatives.
DVPW 2011 Fall Conference 'Gegenstand und Methoden der politischen Theorie' on Political Theory and History of Political Thought
Bremen September 28-30, 2011