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12 2021

The Italian Presidential election is looming – and jockeying for position has begun

In January, Italy must elect a new President in a ritual equivalent to a Papal conclave. The likely contenders are already emerging, but, argues Nicholas Whithorn, there are no certainties in this election – especially when there are complications concerning the favourite, Mario Draghi
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12 2021

The death of the federal state in Ghana – and the lessons for federalists everywhere

How do federal states die? Dennis Penu looks at the case of Ghana, explaining that a federal state can die gradually rather than suddenly. In crisis situations such as the current pandemic, political forces can easily exploit such gradual change
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12 2021

The media chooses who has won (and lost) an election – and it's not just based on objective electoral performance

Media reports on elections often refer to the 'winners' and 'losers'. Yet, especially in multi-party systems, there is often more than one way to interpret election results. How the media frames election results does not depend only on parties’ objective performance, write Katjana Gattermann, Thomas M. Meyer and Katharina Wurzer. It also depends on also on party ideology
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11 2021

What is the future for EU referendums post-Brexit?

Post-Brexit, support for EU referendums persists in the party systems of most EU member states. Kai Oppermann finds that this support mainly comes from Eurosceptic opposition parties, often on the populist far-right, and that the Brexit effect on party positions has been relatively weak and uneven
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11 2021

Sudan’s army is at a stalemate, and the costs are mounting

A military coup on 25 October put an abrupt end to Sudan’s fragile democratic transition. Hager Ali argues that although the coup pre-empted a foreseeable power-transfer, the military also created a much bigger problem for itself. The same socio-political conditions that kept al-Bashir in power for decades now threaten the military’s capacity to govern
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11 2021

🦋 To understand democracy we need democratic theory

Tom Theuns argues Jean-Paul Gagnon’s ‘data mountain’ project cannot achieve its goals because of fundamental problems of over-inclusion and under-inclusion, problems that can only be solved by recourse to democratic theory. But that is not to say that the project is without value
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11 2021

🦋 On different ways to intend democracy, and to study it

Andrea Felicetti writes that Gagnon’s data mountain is not a guarantee against biases and partiality. In addition to words, we must pay attention to people, their customs and practices, to better grasp what democracy entails
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11 2021

Third time lucky? The Bulgarian parliamentary elections

The third consecutive parliamentary elections in just seven months have turned up the political heat in Bulgaria, writes Dragomir Stoyanov. Record low turnout, along with the election of new party We Continue the Change, will lead to the formation of a new government – albeit a fragile one
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11 2021

How second jobs change MPs’ behaviour in parliament

The UK government is embroiled in a sleaze scandal after a Conservative Member of Parliament was found to have lobbied for a company in which he held a second job. Simon Weschle argues that these jobs have systematic consequences for how legislators behave in parliament — some problematic, some not
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11 2021

Bailed-out governments did not lose policy-making discretion during the Eurozone crisis

Catherine Moury, Stella Ladi, Daniel Cardoso and Angie Gago argue that bailed-out governments during the Eurozone crisis exercised more leverage than assumed. Despite international market pressure and creditors’ conditionality, bailed-out governments were able to advocate, resist, shape or roll back some of the policies demanded by the EU’s Troika
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