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Gambling For Certainty: Luck, Chance, And Uncertainty In Politics, Mindy Peden, Nicole Rishel Mar 2013

Gambling For Certainty: Luck, Chance, And Uncertainty In Politics, Mindy Peden, Nicole Rishel

Mindy Peden

How much of what we do is the result of our will, and how much the result of chance or luck or fortune? This is a decidedly un-decidable question, but one that needs to be asked. The general assumption seems to be that a person’s “lot” in life is physically, morally, politically, even romantically linked to choice. But the use of the term “lot” betrays the underlying uncertainty of what “causes” our “lot”, laying bare questions of responsibility, burden, and even explanation. Much (perhaps at the very least 50% according to Machiavelli) of what happens in our lives can ...


You Get What You Pay For: Historicizing Business Metaphors Of Government, Principles Of Justice In Taxation, And “Benefit Theory”, Mindy Peden Mar 2013

You Get What You Pay For: Historicizing Business Metaphors Of Government, Principles Of Justice In Taxation, And “Benefit Theory”, Mindy Peden

Mindy Peden

The ideas that governments ought to operate on business principles and that citizens are no different than consumers have become increasingly commonplace in neoliberal times. Many have pointed to the threat this poses for democratic government. Mindy Peden explores the vulnerability of liberal ideology to such a way of thinking by showing how even liberals who wish to reject it, such as John Stuart Mill, are unable to free themselves from the line of reasoning inherent in the benefit theory that underpins the dominant approach to taxation. Economic imperatives have always been a central driving force of Canadian immigration policy ...


Unmaking History: Seth's Europe's Indians, Mindy Peden Jul 2011

Unmaking History: Seth's Europe's Indians, Mindy Peden

Mindy Peden

Book review of: Vanita Seth. Europe’s Indians: Producing Racial Difference, 1500-1900.


Probable Futures, Mindy Peden Dec 2010

Probable Futures, Mindy Peden

Mindy Peden

This essay examines the status of "the future" in political theory and asks how views about the future contribute to, undermine, or otherwise interact with normative approaches in general.


Situating Race And Nation In The U.S. Context: Methodology, Interdisciplinarity And The Unresolved Role Of Comparative Inquiry, Mindy Peden Dec 2008

Situating Race And Nation In The U.S. Context: Methodology, Interdisciplinarity And The Unresolved Role Of Comparative Inquiry, Mindy Peden

Mindy Peden

Philosophers and social theorists of color examine how racism can creep into defensive forms of nationalism.


'Democratic Taxation' And Quantifiable Action: Scientizing Dilemmas, Mindy Peden Jul 2008

'Democratic Taxation' And Quantifiable Action: Scientizing Dilemmas, Mindy Peden

Mindy Peden

Against the easy presupposition that such a thing as 'democratic taxation' not only exists but is also practicable, this paper points to the dilemma posed by what I call 'quantifiable action.' The essay develops an approach to theorizing the place of taxation in political theory that counters trends in fiscal sociology, political science, and liberal theory by highlighting how taxation presumably violates the requirement that self-government includes an absence of instrumental rationality on the part of democratic citizens. For this reason, taxation presents a persistent problem for any concept of self-government, and may usefully be regarded as a technology of ...


The Entrepreneurial Assumption: Thinking About Taxes In Contemporary Political Theory, Mindy Peden Mar 2008

The Entrepreneurial Assumption: Thinking About Taxes In Contemporary Political Theory, Mindy Peden

Mindy Peden

This article argues that contemporary political theory often contains an obscured supposition that I call the entrepreneurial assumption. This assumption can be seen most clearly when political theorists who do not have economic expertise per se theorize the relationship between their political thought and taxation. In order to explicate the entrepreneurial assumption, the article engages in close readings of John Rawls, Robert Nozick, and Ronald Dworkin. By elaborating on each of these authors' views, the importance of preserving “talent” through a system of taxation, the centrality of the entrepreneurial assumption can be seen more clearly.


Lots Of Luck: Contextualizing Sortition In Approaches To Chance, Mindy Peden Dec 2007

Lots Of Luck: Contextualizing Sortition In Approaches To Chance, Mindy Peden

Mindy Peden

Explores the ways in which luck and chance have been understood by political theorists. Contemporary political thinkers understand luck to describe those situations in which the individual subject has no control. Chance, however, has been understood in a variety of ways over time, beginning with Aristotle suggesting that chance is the “coincidental intersection of two separate causes.” Enlightenment thinkers argue, however, from a more deterministic perspective suggesting that chance is an epistemological category resulting from a deficit of human knowledge. In other words, the world is deterministic and certain even if not predictable by humans. That the world is a ...


Betting On Democracy: Luck And Possibility In The Modern Political Imagination, Mindy Peden Mar 2007

Betting On Democracy: Luck And Possibility In The Modern Political Imagination, Mindy Peden

Mindy Peden

If there are political implications to methodological choices, what are they? This paper is about the political implications of one particular methodology: probability theory. More correctly, this paper is about how social scientists, especially political scientists, use probability theory in understanding the actions of human beings.


Probably Democratic, Mindy Peden Dec 2006

Probably Democratic, Mindy Peden

Mindy Peden

I explore uses for the role of chance in theorizing democracy and explores how the potentially fortune friendly use of probability theory in the social sciences has been misrepresented to highlight an imaginary predictability of political life.


Brewed In Scotland, Bottled In Ulster, Uncorked In The Usa: The Ambiguity Of Diasporic Identity, Mindy Peden, Wendy Wiedenhoft Dec 2006

Brewed In Scotland, Bottled In Ulster, Uncorked In The Usa: The Ambiguity Of Diasporic Identity, Mindy Peden, Wendy Wiedenhoft

Mindy Peden

No abstract provided.


Learning To Work: Colonialism As Rule, Not Exception, Mindy Peden Sep 2006

Learning To Work: Colonialism As Rule, Not Exception, Mindy Peden

Mindy Peden

No abstract provided.


Gambling For Certainty: Luck, Chance, And Uncertainty In Politics, Mindy Peden, Nicole Rishel Dec 2005

Gambling For Certainty: Luck, Chance, And Uncertainty In Politics, Mindy Peden, Nicole Rishel

Mindy Peden

No abstract provided.


The Political Gamble: Government By Lot, Mindy Peden Dec 2004

The Political Gamble: Government By Lot, Mindy Peden

Mindy Peden

No abstract provided.


The Political Gamble, Mindy Peden Dec 2004

The Political Gamble, Mindy Peden

Mindy Peden

No abstract provided.


Taxation And The Scientization Of Politics, Mindy Peden Dec 2003

Taxation And The Scientization Of Politics, Mindy Peden

Mindy Peden

No abstract provided.


Contemporary Political Theory And The Problem Of Taxation, Mindy Peden Dec 2001

Contemporary Political Theory And The Problem Of Taxation, Mindy Peden

Mindy Peden

No abstract provided.


Principles Of Justice In Taxation And The Legacy Of Benefit Theory, Mindy Peden Dec 2001

Principles Of Justice In Taxation And The Legacy Of Benefit Theory, Mindy Peden

Mindy Peden

No abstract provided.


Language And Arrogance: Problems With A Principle Of Justice, Mindy Peden Dec 1998

Language And Arrogance: Problems With A Principle Of Justice, Mindy Peden

Mindy Peden

No abstract provided.


Human Rights And Cultural Relativism, Another Look, Mindy Peden Dec 1994

Human Rights And Cultural Relativism, Another Look, Mindy Peden

Mindy Peden

No abstract provided.