Minority Democracy

At the heart of this project lies the idea that minorities, through experiences of exclusion and conditional assimiliation (“passing”), deconstruct the clarity of the majority relationship to the law. This is particularly true with regard to political representation, which Perreau studies via precedents from Condorcet’s social mathematics to parity laws and affirmative action. He argues for a system of minority democracy that would entail not a mode of decision-making that replaces majority rule by minority rule, but rather a system that recognizes the minority dimension existing in all of us. This new approach brings Perreau’s previous research into the development of a sense of belonging to bear on the way society conceptualizes legal rights and power delegation.

Selected publications:

  • Les Défis de la République. Genre, Territoires, Citoyenneté, co-edited with Joan W. Scott, Presses de Sciences Po, forthcoming January 2017.
  • Le Président des États-Unis, with Christine Ockrent, Dalloz, 2008, 206 pp.
  • Cinquante ans de vie politique française. Le débat sur la fin de la Ve République, Librio, 2007, 96 pp.
  • “L’invention républicaine. Éléments d’une herméneutique minoritaire,” Pouvoirs, 111, 2004, pp. 41-53.

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