Carlsberg grants for political science researchers

The political science professors, Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen and Svend-Erik Skaaning, both receive a Carlsberg Semper Ardens grant. The grants are supposed to facilitate their respective book projects. In addition, Lasse Laustsen receives an internationalization grant.

2018.01.03 | Ingrid Marie Fossum

Carlsberg grants for Svend-Erik Skaaning (photo) and Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen will facilitate their new book projects. Photo: Aarhus BSS Communication

The Beam and the Mote: Standing to Blame and Interpersonal Morality (BEAM) by Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen (amount awarded DKK 940.700)

”I plan to write a monograph entitled The Beam and the Mote: Standing to Blame and Interpersonal Morality. It explores the positionality of blame as it is manifested in indirect responses to blame; its nature; its implications for the nature of morality; and the role it plays in our everyday, as well as political, life.

One core aim is to chart the conditions under which blame can be indirectly dismissed. Another aim is to develop a general theory of standing to blame or issue related illocutionary acts, e.g., praise. A third aim is to cast light on blame in political contexts, e.g., cases where politicians are “caught” not practicing as they preach. Finally, BEAM will assess the view that an important part of morality is interpersonal in that it should be seen as a matter of each of us justifying our conduct to each individual with whom we interact,” expresses Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen.

During the period Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen will spend some time as visiting professor at universities in Berlin, Berkeley, and Oxford in order to discuss the topic of the monograph with some of the leading international scholars in this field. At the end of the grant, he plans to organize an international conference, with the aim of facilitating contact between the small but growing number of scholars working on standing to blame.

The Rise of Modern Democracy: Sequences in Comparative Perspective by Svend-Erik Skaaning (amount awarded DKK 783.300)

“I attempt to uncover developments in different democratic rights during the first wave of democratization (1789-1920). This task is facilitated by the historical extension of the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) dataset. The empirical analyses will have broad comparative perspective, covering all countries in Europe and the Americas. These will be supplemented by more in-depth scrutiny of a number of cases representing different pathways to stable or unstable democracies,” says Svend-Erik Skaaning.

In addition, Lasse Laustsen receives an internationalization grant of DKK 350.000 to support his project “Intergroup Conflict and Public Support for Authoritarian Leaders”. 

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