Democratic Theory and Historical Practices (completed)
Preconditions for popular rule in Norway and other western countries between 1750 and 1850.
About the project
Since the Age of Revolutions in the 18th and 19th centuries universal principles have had an important place in political and theoretical innovation, preparing the ground for the emergence of constitutional, and later, democratic regimes. At the same time, this mode of thought was both a response to and an elaboration of concrete political practices.
This project aims to shed light on how historical experience gave life to the democratic theoretical tradition. As a historically oriented project, it is our goal to expose how past struggles over power and conceptual definitions are interlinked. Our primary focus will be on the Scandinavian countries, especially Norway, but our context is European and partly American.
The project is supported by The Norwegian Research Council.