Book: Political Legitimacy: Realism in Political Theory and Sociology
The book examines the work of figures including Bernard Williams, Raymond Geuss, John Grey, Max Weber, and Niklas Luhmann, among others concerning the normative foundation of politics and the state. In the face of the waning influence of political idealism, I argue that the insights of political realism constitute a promising way forward, and I suggest that realist political theory would benefit from sociological insights, particularly on the nature of the state.
...is a sociologist and professor of media studies at the University of Oslo. Rasmussen’s research interests include political sociology and political theory, the history of public opinion and the media, online journalism and transformations of public spheres. He is currently engaged in the social and political history of the debate on sovereignty in Norway. He is the author of several books and articles on political history, digital media, ethics, journalism and social theory. Among his most recent books (in Norwegian) is a social history of the Norwegian political public sphere since 1945: Offentlig parlamentarisme – politisk strid og offentlig mening 1945 – 2000 (Pax 2015), and the biography of the leading Norwegian political profile Finn Gustavsen: Folkesosialisten (2020)
Folkesosialisten. Biografien om Finn Gustavsen
En biografi om en av Norges mest sentrale politiske skikkelser i 1960- og 1970-årene. Journalist, redaktør, stortingsrepresentant, partiformann, parlamentarisk leder. En retorisk jonglør og en opposisjonens mester. En demokratisk sosialist mellom livstrett sosialdemokrati og dogmatisk kommunisme. Et stridens sentrum. Utgitt av forlaget Manifest
ALLMENNINGEN er en stort anlagt beretning om offentligheten i Norge, redigert av Jostein Gripsrud. Mitt bidrag omhandler perioden 1945 - 1960.
Book (Open access): The Internet Soapbox. Perspectives on a changing public sphere
The book, published in august 2016, confronts predominating political theory with actual changes followed by the web and social media facing the public sphere. It seeks to clarify to what extent political theory takes account of such changes, and vice versa, the book examines in what ways contemporary Internet development continues to carry further the values of openness and argument. The general idea is to mobilise political ideas that directly and indirectly address the nature and functions of our current amorphous and complex public sphere, with an emphasis on the implications of the Internet, including the web and social media. I argue that the predominant normative concept of ‘the public sphere’ is unsuited to help us understand contemporary opinion-formation and legitimacy. A free Open Access publication.