Sandrine Baume

Sandrine Baume is a political theorist and historian of ideas and holds the post of Professor at the Centre for Public Law at the University of Lausanne. Her research and teaching focus mainly on the theory of the democratic state, including its institutions, rules, and values. Related to it, she devoted great attention to the contributions of several jurists of the interwar period, notably regarding the following issues: the integration of plurality in democracy, the role of political parties in the formation of the will of the state, the attributes of the presidency, and the legitimacy of judicial review in democracy. More recently, Sandrine Baume has paid attention to the requirement for transparency in public affairs, the value of compromise in democratic contexts and the impact of misinformation and disinformation on democratic process. In her contributions, Sandrine Baume attempts to articulate historical debates with contemporary discussions, which is tangible in many of her contributions: “Rehabilitating political parties: A scrutiny of the writings of Hans Kelsen”, Intellectual History Review, 2018; (with Yannis Papadopoulos), “Transparency: From Bentham’s inventory of virtuous effects to contemporary evidence-based scepticism”, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 2018 ; “What place should compromises be given in democracy?”, Négociations, 2017; Hans Kelsen and the Case for Democracy, Colchester, ECPR Press, 2012 ; Compromises in Democracy (with Stéphanie Novak), Palgrave (forthcoming).

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