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July 23, 2024

💊 Opportunities and potential pitfalls of AI-supported democracy

Democracy is facing serious challenges. Some are contemplating whether artificial intelligence (AI) could help revitalise it. AI is, after all, heralded as the solution to a broad range of social and political challenges. Henrik Skaug Sætra argues that AI does indeed offer some hope, but also serious potential pitfalls
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July 22, 2024

A first step, but a long road ahead for Ukraine’s peace process

Switzerland held the first Ukraine Peace Summit in June 2024. After several peace proposals, the Summit marked the first significant diplomatic step towards a 'comprehensive, just and lasting' peace in Ukraine. Davide Genini examines the main results of the Summit, placing them in the context of an increasingly complex geopolitical landscape
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July 18, 2024

🔮 Feminist mobilisation, sexism, and radical-right support in Spain

Eva Anduiza and Guillem Rico argue that sexist attitudinal backlash is partially responsible for the rise of the Spanish radical populist right. The electoral consequences of changes in sexist attitudes seem to be related more to heightened feminist mobilisation than to the increasing visibility and normalisation of the radical right
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July 17, 2024

🎭 What can we learn from Poland’s queer capital, Poznań?

In the EU's most homophobic country, Poznań stands out as a beacon of queer acceptance and activism. Polish native Tomasz Gola explores the ways this city has become queer-friendly, highlighting the role of local NGOs, cultural receptivity, and proactive governance in its transformation
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July 16, 2024

French elections: did Macron’s gamble pay off?

In calling a snap election Emmanuel Macron aimed to achieve 'clarity' on the will of French voters after defeat of his presidential list in the European elections by Marine Le Pen's far-right Rassemblement National (RN). Giovanni Capoccia explores the wisdom of this move in light of the outcome
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July 15, 2024

UK general election tests limits of first-past-the-post system

Majoritarian elections produce decisive governments that enact their policies with clear majorities. Hannah Bunting explains how parties competing in a winner-takes-all system secured a landslide for the UK Labour party with just a third of popular support
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July 11, 2024

Being part of international relations: academics moving abroad 

The International University Campus is a site of relationality, write Ruairidh J Brown and Kerstin Tomiak. It a space of cultural and political interchange and creation of co-constituted knowledge. This challenges the traditional view in International Relations of Higher Education as a mere tool of soft power.
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July 10, 2024

⛓️ ‘The case for neutrality as academic freedom’: a response

Political neutrality in the face of injustice serves to maintain the status quo. Responding to Hana Kubátová’s blog piece, Adam Standring underlines the moral necessity of organisations like ECPR taking a strong political stance in the face of violence in Palestine and a crackdown on critical voices in the West
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July 9, 2024

What aspects of political representation matter to citizens?

Liron Lavi and Clareta Treger argue that citizens hold a multi-dimensional perception of political representation. Using Israel as a case study, they find that citizens feel represented on dimensions that are not important to them, and also on dimensions that reflect their satisfaction with democracy
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July 8, 2024

🔮 Anti-systemic populism during the Covid-19 pandemic

Frederik Henriksen analyses anti-systemic, populist movements during the Covid-19 pandemic. Here, he explains how these movements rely on alternative news media to establish their own digital information bubbles, and shows how ideological partisanship evolved in these environments
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