International political legitimacy – Dean is writing a book that outlines a liberal constitutional – but not necessarily democratic – way of legitimizing international institutions and international law. The view is to be a rival to the dominant solutions to the problem. These are (i) a reformed states system, i.e., a system of democratic and effectively equal states; and (ii) some form of supra-state or global democracy.
Dean is also interested in the conceptual and actual tensions between democracy and socio-economic justice. He is looking at the degree to which one can legitimately limit, or ‘adjust’, individuals’ political liberties to better realize socio-economic justice in circumstances of fundamental disagreement about justice. Possible options include some form of plural voting or the insulation of certain issues from the popular will.
'Political equality and the 'super-rich': their money or (some of) their political rights' Res Publica (forthcoming)
'Political Legitimacy, the Egalitarian Challenge, and Democracy', the Journal of Applied Philosophy, Vol.29, no.2 (May 2012): 101-117
'The Problem of Global Law' (with Patrick Capps) Modern Law Review 74(5) (Sept 2011): 794-810
‘The Irrelevance of Democracy to the Public Justification of Political Authority’ Res Publica Vol.15, no.2 (May 2009): 103-120