Marcus Carlsen Häggrot

Postdoctoral Fellow

Resident at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:
September 2018 – August 2019

Research topic at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:
»Territorial Represenation, Public Reason, And Cultural Justice«

Project outline:
Many contemporary democracies practice forms of representation that involve two features: parliamentary representatives are returned from geographically defined electoral districts, and votes are obligatorily counted in the voters’ district of residence. But the rationale and morality of this territorial mode of representation remain undertheorised and my current research project seeks to fill this gap. It is particularly concerned to explore three inter-related puzzles: First, what reasons of principle might there be to endorse territorial representation? Second, can territorial representation be just in a context of religious and cultural pluralism given that such forms of representation can make it difficult for geographically dispersed minorities – e.g. religious minorities, nomadic populations, immigrant groups – to gain representation in parliament? And third, is the territorial mode of representation compatible with the liberal principle of public reason, which states that public policy must be justified with reasons that all reasonable citizens can accept? Or is it rather the case that arguments in favour of territorial representation rest on reasonably rejectable assumptions – e.g. an assumption that citizens are relatively sedentary and/or that citizens’ interests are tied to, and profoundly structured by, their place of residence? (Marcus Carlsen Häggrot)

Funding of the stay:
»Justitia Amplificata. Rethinking Justice − Applied and Global«

Research partner:
Marcus Carlsen Häggrot follows the invitation of Professor Rainer Forst and the research center »Justitia Amplificata«.

Scholarly profile of Marcus Carlsen Häggrot

Marcus Carlsen Häggrot received his PhD in 2017 from the Department of Politics and IR at the University of Oxford. His thesis is entitled »Nomads in the Liberal State: Liberal Approaches to the Problem of Roma and Traveller Itinerancy«.

Please find more information about Marcus Carlsen Häggrot here.

Main areas of research:
Democratic theory; Democratic Institutions; Minority Rights; Mobile Minority Groups

Selected publications:
  1. »The Right to Vote and Nomadic Voter Enrolmentv, in: Citizenship Studies, 22:7, 2018.