Minority Democracy


Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars


Global Studies and Languages


For residence at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences during academic year 2019-2020


Is there a way to recognize the presence of minorities without either absorbing them into the majority or defining them as special cases? Although rights are very important, they are not enough. Contemporary democratic systems need to recognize the minority dimensions in everyone. This project explores the many forms minority democracy already takes in France and in the United States—two cases that are often presented as opposites. It compares affirmative action programs, voting systems, and discourses on identity politics to examine how minority democracy could be improved and expanded.