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February 2, 2023

Obstacles and chances for the party-political integration of migrants

People with migrant backgrounds are underrepresented in party politics. Yet, writes Joris Frese, most parties in Germany do not have a deliberate strategy for the integration of migrants, and few party chapters aspire to attract them
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February 1, 2023

North Korea’s tactical shift in the Indo-Pacific

The concept of an ‘Indo-Pacific’ region is gaining traction. More countries in and beyond the Indo-Pacific region are building closer relations—in opposition to China. Abhishek Sharma argues that North Korea sees opportunity in the region's changing power dynamics to position itself as China's ally
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January 26, 2023

The EU should be cautious in shifting away from economic liberalism

Faced with contemporary geoeconomic challenges, the European Union and its member states are experiencing an identity crisis. Thijs De Cuyper argues that the EU shouldn’t slavishly copy other countries' policies, especially when it means abandoning the pursuit of a rule-based economic order in favour of a unilateral system bearing China's signature
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January 23, 2023

🦋 Making the case for administrative democracy

Stephen Turner argues that for democracy to prevail, we must transform the vague idea of 'the will of the people' into legal procedure. This issue is more important than ever in situations where bureaucracies, such as those of the United States, are suffocating democratic action
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January 20, 2023

The roots of political conflict in Peru

As the political crisis in Peru worsens, Alicia del Aguila explores its roots. Key to understanding it are the political polarisation of recent years, tension between the Central and Southern Andes, and the historical marginalisation of indigenous people
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January 19, 2023

Jean Blondel 1929-2022 – a great man

Jean Blondel, comparative political scientist, founder of the University of Essex Department of Government and ECPR, died peacefully on Christmas Day 2022. Tracing his career, Ian Budge says he was a Napoleonic figure who reshaped European political science structurally and intellectually; and had a striking influence on the discipline throughout the world
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January 18, 2023

🌊 Interest groups in Central and Eastern Europe have become an endangered species

Illiberal governments in Central and Eastern Europe are following a conscious strategy of hollowing out interest representation and stifling or co-opting civil society organisations. Rafael Labanino explains how the authoritarian playbook works – and how interest groups adapt or fight back
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January 17, 2023

US presidentialism: no room for political deadlock

With the tiresome election of GOP leader Kevin McCarthy for the US House of Representatives, critics are tempted to condemn US democracy. However, writes David Pimenta, the quality of presidential systems of government depends on the separation of powers. It also depends on mutual control between a strong executive and empowered legislative assemblies that can overcome temporary deadlocks
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January 16, 2023

Saving democracy: three (r)evolutionary remedies

Democratic malaise, deconsolidation, backsliding, illiberalism, decline, erosion, rupture, decay, or simply: crisis. This 'conceptual bazaar' shows that democracy does not necessarily keep up with today’s challenges. Łukasz Wordliczek suggests three possible remedies
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January 10, 2023

🦋 Recentring the demos in the measurement of democracy

Seema Shah argues for putting the lived experiences of historically marginalised communities at the centre of democracy measurement. By doing so, she says, we can meaningfully reshape our understanding of democracy as a practice
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