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Shmulik Nili

Associate Professor


Program Area(s): Political Theory


My current work focuses on three related themes. First, I am interested in how we should think about the collective agency of "the sovereign people," both as a matter of abstract philosophy and as a matter of concrete public policy (see The people's duty, forthcoming with Cambridge University Press). Second, I explore what political philosophy can contribute when facing obvious moral failures in public policy. Finally, my current work also examines the moral value of integrity, whether applied to ordinary people, to authoritarian demagogues, or to collective institutions.

My inquiries into these three themes started with a focus on corruption issues. In particular, I was interested in global corruption related to the "resource curse" and in philosophical questions that this "curse" raises about public property and democracy, as well as about the practical tasks of political philosophy. More recently, I have sought to connect my global theory arguments to domestic politics, paying special attention to morally fraught dynamics in various developing countries, in the United States, and in my native Israel.

Below you'll find list of selected journal articles; for the complete list, and for book projects, please take a look at the personal website.

Selected articles

  • "The idea of public property," Ethics 129 (forthcoming - January 2019)
  • "Integrity, personal and political," The Journal of Politics 80 (2018): 428-441
  • “Injustice abroad, authority at home? Democracy, systemic effects, and global wrongs,” American Journal of Political Science 62 (2018): 72-83
  • “The moving global Everest: a new challenge to global ideal theory as a necessary compass," European Journal of Political Theory 17 (2018): 87-108
  • "Democratic theory, the boundary problem, and global reform,” The Review of Politics 79 (2017): 99–123
  • “Liberal integrity and foreign entanglement,” American Political Science Review 110 (2016): 148-159
  • “Liberal global justice and social science,” Review of International Studies 42 (2016): 136-155
  • “Dangerous Health? Nietzsche’s physiological discourse between Nuremberg and Jerusalem,” History of Political Thought 37 (2016): 728-760
  • “Environmental reform, negative duties, and petrocrats: a strategic green energy argument,” The Journal of Politics 77 (2015): 914-927
  • “Between domestic and global justice,” Journal of Moral Philosophy 12 (2015): 55-81
  • “Global taxation, global reform, and collective action,” Moral Philosophy and Politics 1 (2014): 83-103
  • "Rawlzickian global politics,” Journal of Political Philosophy 21 (2013): 473-495
  • “Rigorist cosmopolitanism,” Politics, Philosophy & Economics 12 (2013): 260-287
  • “Who’s afraid of a world state? A global sovereign and the statist-cosmopolitan debate,” Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 16 (2013): 1-23
  • “Democratic disengagement: towards Rousseauian global reform,” International Theory 3 (2011): 355-389
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