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    CPSA Students Caucus Meeting

    2019 Annual Conference - June 4, 2019
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    Workshop: The Official Languages Act at 50
    Le 50e anniversaire de la Loi sur les langues officielles

    2019 Annual Conference - June 4, 2019
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    Reception: Department of Political Science
    University of British Columbia

    2019 Annual Conference - June 4, 2019
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    Canadian Political Science Association
    2019 Annual Conference Programme


    Hosted at the University of British Columbia
    Tuesday, June 4 to Thursday, June 6, 2019
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    Presidential Address:
    François Rocher, CPSA President

    Life and Death of an Issue:
    Canadian Political Science and
    Quebec Politics

    Location: CIRS 1250
    Tuesday, June 4, 2019 | 05:00pm to 06:00pm
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    Keynote: UBCIC Grand
    Chief Stewart Phillip

    Asserting Indigenous
    Title and Rights in 2019

    Location: CIRS 1250
    June 04, 2019 | 10:30am to 12:00pm
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    Keynote Speaker: Wendy Brown
    In the Ruins of Neoliberalism:
    Our Predicaments:
    the Rise of Anti-democratic
    Politics in the West

    Location: CIRS 1250
    Wednesday, June 5, 2019 | 02:00pm to 03:30pm
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    Keynote Speaker: Roland Paris
    Canada Alone?
    Surviving in a Meaner World

    Location: CIRS 1250
    Thursday, June 6, 2019 | 10:30am to 12:00pm

Political Theory

H12(d) - Roundtable: Grounded Normative Theory and Public Policy

Date: Jun 5 | Time: 02:00pm to 03:30pm | Location: SWING 305

Chair/Président/Présidente : Brooke Ackerly (Vanderbilt University)

Discussant/Commentateur/Commentatrice : Genevieve Fuji Johnson (Simon Fraser University)

Abstract: A grounded approach to normative theorizing is not new. Indeed, it has been used in some of the most influential works of classical and contemporary political thought. For instance, Jane Mansbridge conducted extensive field work to inform her theorizing of democratic practice in her influential monograph, Beyond Adversary Democracy. However, grounded normative theorizing (GNT) has rarely been treated as a cohesive approach to doing political theory, and has received relatively little attention in the literature as an approach. This proposal is for a roundtable on GNT and public policy and is part of a series of proposed roundtables. Given its core methodological commitments, grounded normative theorizing promotes several desirable aims. It increases the relevance of normative arguments to actual political and policy problems, and the usefulness of normative analysis to people engaged in political contestation (relevance). It increases the rigor and thoroughness of normative arguments by attending to a more comprehensive set of relevant positions (comprehensiveness). It clarifies, interrogates, and improves the quality of empirical suppositions that underlie normative political theory (rigor). Finally, GNT can improve the accountability of normative theorizing to people whose lives and political struggles may be misunderstood or neglected due to the biases, blind-spots, and unacknowledged privileges of normative theorists (accountability).

Anthony Laden (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Maxwell A. Cameron (University of British Columbia)
Fonna Forman (University of California – San Diego / Director, Center on Global Justice)
Chris Tenove (University of British Columbia)
Hendrick Wagenaar (King’s College London / University of Canberra)
Glen Coulthard (University of British Columbia)

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