Kalyvas, Andreas

Andreas Kalyvas
PhD 2001, Columbia University

I am interested in democratic theory and the history of political ideas from ancient Greek and Roman to modern to contemporary continental political theory.  In particular, my work focuses on the relationship between democracy and constitutionalism; problems of popular sovereignty and representation; foundings, revolutionary breaks, and constitution making; the norm and the exception; emergency rule; political autonomy. My current research is oriented toward questions of constituent power and radical democratic politics on the one hand and on the overlapping of tyranny and dictatorship in Western political thought, on the other.
Courses Taught:
Radical Democracy, Theories of Tyranny, Carl Schmitt, Masses and Elites, On Ideology, Politics of the Extraordinary, Radical Democracy and Political Theory PhD Field Seminar
Recent Publications:

I. Books:

Democracy and the Politics of the Extraordinary: Max Weber, Carl Schmitt, Hannah Arendt, Cambridge University Press (hardcover 2008, paperback 2009).

Liberal Beginnings: Making a Republic for the Moderns, Cambridge University Press, 2008 (co-authored with Ira Katznelson).


II. Articles in Peer Review Journals:

"Constituent Power" in Political Concepts: A Critical Lexicon 3.1 (Winter 2013), online available at http://www.politicalconcepts.org/constituentpower

"An Anomaly? Some Reflections on the Greek December 2008" Constellations, 17:2, 2010.

“The Tyranny of Dictatorship: When the Greek Tyrant met the Roman Dictator,” Political Theory, 35:4, 2007.

“The Basic Norm and Democracy in Hans Kelsen’s Legal and Political Theory,” Philosophy and Social Criticism, 32:5, 2006.

“Popular Sovereignty, the Constituent Power, and Democracy,” Constellations, 12:2, 2005.

“From the Act to the Decision. Hannah Arendt and the Question of Decisionism,” Political Theory, 32:4, 2004.

“Charismatic Politics and the Symbolic Foundations of Power,” New German Critique, 85, 2002.

“The Politics of Autonomy and the Challenge of Deliberation: Cornelius Castoriadis contra Jürgen Habermas,” Thesis Eleven, 64, 2001.

“Hegemonic Sovereignty: Carl Schmitt, Antonio Gramsci, and the Constituent Prince,” Journal of Political Ideologies, 5:3, 2001.

“Carl Schmitt and the Three Moments of Democracy,” Cardozo Law Review, 21:5-6, 2000.


III. Book Chapters:

“The Democratic Narcissus: The Agonism of the Ancients Compared to that of the (Post) Moderns,” Law and Agonistic Politics, edited by Andrew Schaap, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009.

“The Sovereign Weaver: Beyond the Camp,” in Politics, Metaphysics, and Death: Essays on Giorgio Agamben’s Homo Sacer, edited by Andrew Norris, Duke University Press, 2005.

“The Stateless Theory,” Paradigm Lost: State Theory Reconsidered, edited by S. Aronowitz and P. Bratsis, Minneapolis: Minnesota University Press, 2002.


Office Location:
Room 724, 6 East 16th Street
Phone Number/Extension:
212-229-5747, ext. 3081

Fax Number:


Research Interests:

Democratic theory; Theories of sovereignty and constituent power; Tyranny and dictatorship; States of exception; Legal positivism and the philosophy of law; History of political liberalism and republicanism; Decisionism and judgment; Marxism, post-Marxism, and critical theory.


Professional Affiliations:

Constellations, Co-Editor in Chief
Constellations, Editorial Council

Duke University Press, Editorial Board of the series History, Culture, Politics
American Political Science Association, Member
Northeastern Political Science Association, Member
The Association for Political Theory, Member
The Modern Greek Studies Association, Member


Awards and Honors:

2009-2010 Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Fellow, University Center for Human Values, Princeton University.

The annual Polity Prize for the best article published in the journal in 2006.
The Leo Strauss Award for the best doctoral dissertation in the field of political philosophy, 2002.

CV (pdf):
Andreas Kalyvas - CV

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