Author profile: Simon Thompson

Simon Thompson is Associate Professor in Political Theory at the University of the West of England, Bristol. His latest book is Global Justice and the Politics of Recognition

Who Has a Right to Belong?

Who Has a Right to Belong?

Whilst there might be international conventions which address the internally displaced, refugees, and the stateless the gap between theory and practice seems very large.

Who Has a Right to Representation?

Who Has a Right to Representation?

Should the Maori be entitled to a reserved number of seats in the New Zealand parliament? Such an arrangement goes to the heart of the debate over representation.

Regulating Religion in Public Space

Regulating Religion in Public Space

Is it wrong to prevent some religious groups from putting up certain buildings or should a religious majority be allowed to shape public space just as it wishes?

Qui est Charlie?

Qui est Charlie?

In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks some commentators have said that free speech should have no limits. In fact, it does – and nearly everyone agrees that it should.

Cornwall and the Politics of Recognition

Cornwall and the Politics of Recognition

Is it possible to recognize a minority people without undermining the unity of the broader political community, or setting in train a process which ends in the breakup of that larger community?

The Dilemma of Living in a Complex, Multi-faith Society

The Dilemma of Living in a Complex, Multi-faith Society

To what extent it is permissible for a group in a democratic society to conduct its collective life in accordance with rules which are not fully congruent with the laws of that society?

What Not to Say

What Not to Say

The potential for hate speech to lead to actual harm provides the best justification for its criminalization. The problem is that it is rarely possible to discern a clear link between a particular speech and harm caused to specific individuals.

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