“The band of Christian Rostbøll and Theresa Scavenius offers the most sought-after analysis of the nature, limits and ethics of compromise. It brings together established and emerging scientists who roughly equally share critical advocates and reflective critiques of the coherence and moral value of compromises. Along the way, the authors look at some of the key issues in contemporary political philosophy, including the existence of pluralism of values, reasonable disagreements and the possibility of public reason, the justification of democracy, and the virtues of citizenship. In summary, this is a book that, in studying the central importance of compromises for our political practice, offers new insight into some of the fundamental questions of political philosophy. – Richard Bellamy, Director of the Max Weber Programme, European University Institute The book will be of interest to a wide range of social scientists. Philosophy and law. It will be useful to introduce scientists to a large number of compromise approaches and readings for courses in political theory and political philosophy, ethics, history of ideas and legal philosophy. “Compromise and Disagrement in Contemporary Political Theory is an important book. Contrary to the populists` claim that elected leaders and legislative majorities have the right to govern without accommodating minority views or interests, this book shows that compromise is at the heart of constitutional democracy. Far from being a fault of better for consensus or simple modus vivendi, compromise has a normative status. It is the great merit of this volume to make the debate on the status and normative justifications of compromises and its role in democracy work. A must for all political theorists interested in constitutionalism and democracy. Jean L.
Cohen, Nell and Herbert Singer Professor of Political Science and Contemporary Civilization, Columbia University Christian F. Rostbøll is Professor of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and earned a Ph.D. at Columbia University, USA. . . .