This episode explores grassroots utopian practices and the Democratic Odyssey project, which recently convened in Athens. Building upon the notion of “demoicracy” in the European Union – the ideal of a union of people that govern together, but not as one – the conversation investigates collective access to political decision-making as a complementary mechanism of deliberative democracy.
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Kalypso Nicolaidis is a prolific writer. A few of her seminal books are: “A Citizen’s Guide to the Rule of Law,”[i] which was published in 2021, “Exodus, Reckoning, Sacrifice: Three Meanings of Brexit,”[ii] published in 2019, “The Greco-German Affair in the Euro Crisis,”[iii] 2018, and “Echoes of Empire: The Present of Europe’s Colonial Pasts,”[iv]. She has co-edited several volumes on intellectual debates on Europe, on Mediterranean frontiers, Greeks and Turks in the era of post-nationalism, and federal visions for the European Union. She served as advisor on European affairs to the Greek Prime Minister, George Papandreou, in the 1990s and early 2000s, and has advised the Dutch and British governments, the European Parliament, Commission, and Council, as well as OECD and UNCTAD.