Alumni Fellow

Dr Daniel Gaus

Alumni Fellows

Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
Schifferstr. 196
47059 Duisburg
Germany

Tel:  +49 (0)203 29861-100
Fax: +49 (0)203 29861-199
E-mail: gaus@spam protectgcr21.uni-due.de

Fellowship

Dr. Daniel Gaus joined Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research as a Fellow from July 2012 to June 2013. He conducted his research in Research Unit 4 “Paradoxes and Perspectives of Democratisation”.

Research Project at the Centre

The research project is entitled “Cosmopolitanism, Deliberation, and the State – Three Conundrums of Post-National Democracy”.

Dr. Gaus will examine the current debate on legitimate political order beyond the nation state. The fundamental question is: Is democratisation the answer to legitimacy problems beyond the nation state? He will develop a research programme on post-national democracy based on three axes: 1) moral, 2) procedural and 3) institutional aspects of legitimate governance beyond the state. This project will link up the literature in political/social theory and political science focusing on the research field of democracy, legitimacy and the modern state.

The research in the first half of his fellowship aims to establish a nuanced and systemic overview of the essential conceptual proposals regarding moral, procedural and institutional aspects of post-national democracy. This overview would as well show how these conceptual proposals are related to the context of EU and global governance. In the second half of his fellowship Dr. Gaus will present a critical overview of Habermas’ view on of post-national democracy. This interpretation of Habermas will be further compared with essential conceptual innovations observed in the current literature. The main questions are: To what extent can recent developments in global governance be seen as a continuation of the modern democratic tradition? Do the notional innovations fit in with Habermas’ proposal and thus help refine a context-sensitive view on post-national democracy? 

Dr. Gaus will collaborate with Dr. res. Frank Gadinger, Head of Research Unit 4, on conceptualising a workshop on post-national democracy as a joint project of the research units 3 and 4.

Research Interests

  • Democratic Theory
  • Democracy in the European Union
  • Legitimacy of International Institutions/Global Governance
  • Habermasian Discourse Theory

Current Project

Cosmopolitanism, Deliberation and the State - three Conundrums of Post-National Democracy

Vita

Since 07/2013 Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
Senior Researcher in the EU's Seventh Framework Research project 'Barriers Towards European Citizenship (bEUcitizen)'
05/2007-03/2012 ARENA - Centre for European Studies
University of Oslo, Norway

Project: "RECON - Reconstituting Democracy in Europe"
Senior Researcher
2006 TU Darmstadt
Dissertation (Dr.phil.)

Subject of thesis: "The Meaning of Democracy. An Analysis of Discourse on the Legitimacy of the European Union from the Perspective of Discourse Theory of Democracy"
11/2001-02/2007 TU Darmstadt
Research Associate

Publications

Gaus, Daniel (2013): Qualität statt Partizipation und Gleichheit? Eine Bemerkung zum epistemischen Sinn von Demokratie <Quality versus participation and equality? Some remarks on the epistemic dimension of democracy>, in: Leviathan 41 (2013) : 2, pp. 1-27

Gaus, Daniel (2013): Rationale Rekonstruktion als Methode politischer Theorie zwischen Gesellschaftskritik und empirischer Politikwissenschaft <Rational reconstruction as method of political theory between critique and empirical political science>, in: Politische Vierteljahresschrift 54 (2013) : 2, pp. 231-255  

Gaus, Daniel (2012): Die Dezentrierung der Demokratie. Neuere Beiträge zur Demokratietheorie <The decentration of democracy. New contributions to the theory of democracy>, in: Zeitschrift für Politische Theorie 3: 2, pp. 298-306

Gaus, Daniel (2011): The Dynamics of Legitimation – Why the Study of Legitimacy Needs More Realism, RECON Online Working Paper 15/2011, Oslo

Gaus, Daniel (2009): Der Sinn von Demokratie. Die Diskurstheorie der Demokratie und die Debatte über die Legitimität der EU <Meaning of Democracy. The Discourse Theory of Democracy and the Debate on Legitimacy of the European Union>, Frankfurt a.M./New York: Campus

Gaus, Daniel (2008): Legitime politische Ordnung jenseits des demokratischen Rechtsstaats? Ein Versuch der Explikation des Staatsverständnisses von Jürgen Habermas im Lichte des Geltungsanspruchs der Diskurstheorie des demokratischen Rechtsstaats <Legitimate Political Order beyond Constitutional Democracy? An Attempt to Explicate Jürgen Habermas’s Conception of Statehood> in: Gary S. Schaal (Hrsg.): Das Staatsverständnis von Jürgen Habermas, Baden-Baden: Nomos, 109-133

Gaus, Daniel (2008): Legitime politische Herrschaft ohne staatliche Organisation? Eine Analyse von Joseph H.H. Weilers Rechtfertigung der Europäischen Union qua Nicht-Staatlichkeit <Legitimate Political Rule without a State? Analysing Joseph H.H. Weiler’s Justification> in: Nicole Deitelhoff / Jan Steffek (Hrsg.): Staatlichkeit ohne Staat? Chancen und Aporien von Demokratie und Recht auf globaler Ebene, Frankfurt a.M./New York: Campus, 107-136

Gaus, Daniel (2004): Demokratie zwischen Konflikt und Konsens. Zur politischen Theorie Claude Leforts <Democracy between Conflict and Consensus> in: Oliver Flügel / Reinhard Heil / Andreas Hetzel (Hrsg.): Die Rückkehr des Politischen. Demokratietheorien heute, Darmstadt: WBG, 65-86



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