Professor Roland Axtmann

Professor Roland Axtmann
Professor
Political and Cultural Studies
Telephone: (01792) 602325

After his PhD at the London School of Economics, Roland taught at the University of Aberdeen for 16 years. Roland joined the Department in 2005 as a Professor of Politics and International Relations. He held visiting appointments at Heidelberg University (Germany); Karl-Franzens University Graz (Austria); University of California, Los Angeles; and Deakin University, Melbourne. In 2011, he was a visiting professor at the University of Queensland in Brisbane (Australia). Currently, he is a visiting fellow at the Sydney Democracy Initiative at Sydney University.

Publications

  1. 'Global Governance, Constitutionalism and Democracy'. In Benjmain Isakhan and Steven Slaughter (Ed.), Democracy and Crisis. (pp. 189-208). PlagraveMacmillan.
  2. Conceptualising Democracy. Australian Journal of Political Science
  3. Cosmopolitanism and Globality: Kant, Arendt, and Beck on the Global Condition. German Politics and Society 29(3)
  4. ‘Democracy and Globality’. Studies of Transition States and Societies 2(1), 22-35.
  5. 'Globalisation, Governance and Democracy'. In A. Milardović et al (Ed.), Globalisation of Politics. (pp. 13-28).

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Teaching

  • HUP201 Fundamental Issues in Moral and Political Philosophy

    In this module, we shall examine some fundamental issues in moral and political philosophy, including the nature of ethics, the scope and limits of moral reasoning, the relation between meta-ethical reflection and common-sense morality, the applicability of moral theory to practical life, the nature of justice, the foundation of rights, justifications for coercive paternalism, and the relation between politics and religion.

  • PO-2001 Fundamental Issues in Moral and Political Philosophy

    In this module, we shall examine some fundamental issues in moral and political philosophy, including the nature of ethics, the scope and limits of moral reasoning, the relation between meta-ethical reflection and common-sense morality, the applicability of moral theory to practical life, the nature of justice, the foundation of rights, justifications for coercive paternalism, and the relation between politics and religion.

  • PO-238 Normative Models of Democracy: Contemporary Perspectives

    What is 'democracy'? Why 'democracy'? Ought we to praise, or bury, 'democracy'? There has been a wide range of answers to these questions: 'democracy' is an 'essentially contested concept'. This module examines contemporary conceptualizations of 'democracy' and discusses how 'democracy' has been imagined in different, and often conflicting, ways. In the course of the module, we will encounter and exam concepts such as the people (the demos) and popular sovereignty; citizenship; negative and positive liberties; interest and the common good; plurality and diversity; civil society, the public sphere and deliberation; participation and representation; the state, power, and authority.

  • PO-3110 Visions of Democracy

    This module will examine how 'democracy' has been imagined in different, and sometimes conflicting, ways. It will survey a range of theoretical conceptualisations of democracy but it also pays due attention to actual political struggles out of which visions of democracy emerge. It will assess: the ways in which liberalism and democracy can be reconciled; republicanism, communitarianism and radical visions of direct and participatory democracy; mulitcultural, deliberative and agonal conceptions of democracy; mean of accommodating diversity; and visions of 'global democracy', 'global civil society' and 'democracy beyond the state'.

  • PO-395 Dissertation (PO-325)

    Subject to the approval of the Departmental Dissertations Tutor, students will choose their own area for research. They will be given guidance on research skills and techniques and supervised by a specialist research topic supervisor during the research for, and writing of, their dissertation. Dissertation word length - 8000 words.

  • PO-M25 Dissertation

    Individual research based, under the guidance of appointed supervisor.

  • PO-M36 Approaches to Political Theory

    This module will give students an opportunity to engage with a cross-section of the wide variety of methodological and epistemological debates that help constitute the field of political theory as a discipline.

Supervision

  • 'Conservative Party Discourses Transfromed? An Examination of Responses to Demands for Homosexual Law Reform and Equality from 1953-2013' (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Mark Evans
  • 'The Role of China''''s Post 90s and Millennial Generation in the Development of Public Environmentalism.' (current)

    Student name:
    MA
    Other supervisor: Dr Matthew Wall
  • 'Development, Gender Equality and Training for Women in Politics- A case study of Nigeria' (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Krijn Peters
  • Access to medical opioids as human right and the international drug control system. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof David Bewley-Taylor
  • 'Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship in Adult and Community Learning: From Policy to Pedagogy' (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof David / Dave Clarke
    Other supervisor: Dr Mark Evans
    Other supervisor: Dr Keith Halfacree
  • Understanding Transitional Justice in Post Conflict Contexts: A Comparative study of traditional based approaches and transitional justice mechanisms towards Peace building and Reconciliation in Sierra Leone. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Krijn Peters