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My current book manuscript, The People’s Two Powers, traces the history of the distinction between public opinion and popular sovereignty from Rousseau to the invention of liberal democracy in France, and explores its relevance for contemporary debates in democratic theory.

A second project, Liberalism: a Tradition-Building History, revisits the history of liberalism as a process of canonization of earlier liberal figures and reinvention of liberal traditions.

My next book project, Propaganda and Democracy: A History, tells the story of how we came to think about these two notions as stellar opposites in the aftermath of WWII, and what this means for contemporary democratic theory.

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