Acar Kutay

Acar Kutay

Associate Professor

  • Centre for European and Comparative Legal Studies

    Karen Blixens Plads 16, 2300 København S, Søndre Campus, Building: 6A.4.34

    Phone: +45 35 33 35 36

Primary fields of research

My main contribution from my past work consists in applying political and social theory to organized groups in civil society, European governance, and governance theory at large. My analytical and theoretical work has attempted to bring new light on the participation of NGOs into governance mechanisms with a particular focus on the EU’s civil society discourse and managerial formations within civil society. This research was unconventional and multiperspectival in nature; it drew upon multiple theoretical sources and disciplines in order to advance original and critical perspectives, reflecting upon political phenomena from more philosophical and sociological standpoints.  More tellingly, this research navigated through political science, political philosophy/theory, social theory, political economy, global and European governance literature, and history.


Current Research

In my current research, I propose a realist interpretation of constitutional politics. Realist political theory has recently posed a challenge to liberalism. However, despite the magnitude of the impact of the theory on political theory, its influence on constitutional studies has been minimal. Realism provides an alternative theoretical perspective to that of liberalism in evaluating and examining constitutional changes and transformations on least four grounds: it focuses on the autonomy of politics, it allows for the abandoning of communitarianism and cultural relativism as alternatives to liberal theory, it requires theorizing in context, and it enables empirical studies of constitutional change that are critical.



Before coming to Copenhagen, I taught the following courses: History of Political Thought, Contemporary Political Thought, Political History of Europe, Political Ideologies, Politics and Society, Introduction to Political

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