Presently I am working on a paper that examines the role that democratic school education should play in response to the present crisis or representative democracy. A draft version of that paper I have presented on November 25, 2020, at the conference What citizenship education for what democracy? Transnational Perspectives from the 19th to the 21st Century of the German Historical Institute Paris.
Democratic School Education and the Crisis of Representative Democracy
In reaction to Donald Trump’s authoritarian-populist politics many political philosophers and philosophers of education have argued that certain, nationally oriented forms of democratic education within schools should play a central role in overcoming the contemporary crisis of representative democracy in the USA. This article maintains, however, that nationally oriented forms of democratic education within schools are insufficient in order to counter the threats of representative democracy. This is because they do not take seriously enough the causes of the crisis of representative democracy that are situated at the inter-, supra- and transnational levels. These causes concern technocratic and elitist forms of political opinion- and will-formation. Thus, this article maintains that an approach that combines national and transnational democratic education within schools is more promising. This is because transnational democratic education within schools would contribute to the democratization of inter-, supra- and transnational political arrangements and thus address the causes of the crisis of representative democracy that are situated beyond the nation-state.