May 11, 2018

Hunt on Norms, Narratives, and Politics @radfordu

Luke William Hunt, Radford University, has published Norms, Narratives, and Politics at 101 Soundings 173 (2018). Here is the abstract.
This essay considers how legal and philosophical ideals relate to contemporary politics. While political commentary is often concerned with descriptive analysis of public affairs, this essay pursues normative analysis of emerging trends in public life. The essay’s underlying theme is that “liberal” states — such as the United States — from time to time become illiberal by departing from the basic legal and philosophical norms of that tradition. Although it is difficult to draw definitive conclusions while in the moment, the tentative conclusion is that we are in the midst of a departure from liberal norms. The essay takes a discursive approach — drawing upon Appalachian culture, popular culture, and personal narrative — to highlight the altered trajectory from those norms.

Download the article from SSRN at the link. 

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