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May 26, 2023

🦋 Bhimrao Ambedkar as theorist of democracy

Scott R. Stroud
Bhimrao Ambedkar was many things, and is often known as a political activist and an anti-caste thinker. In addition, Scott R. Stroud positions Ambedkar as a theorist of democracy who extends the pragmatist tradition
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May 23, 2023

🦋 The concept of 'project democracy'

Anastasia Kavada
Anastasia Kavada's 'project democracy' grew out of the major protest movements of the 2010s. It centres around action, organisation and implementation, rather than deliberation or decision-making. Here, she argues that the project offers an understanding of democracy that goes beyond the familiar practices discussed in academic literature
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May 18, 2023

🦋 Studying democratic multiplicity democratically

James Tully
James Tully, Keith Cherry, David Owen and Pablo Ouziel explain how different conceptions of democracy can be grouped into 'families of democracies'. Thrillingly, they show how different families can 'join hands' and work together to establish an ecosocial succession that benefits everyone
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May 5, 2023

🦋 Why democracies need children’s suffrage

John Wall
One of the most marginalised groups in contemporary democracies is the third of the world’s population who are children under 18 years of age. John Wall argues that responding to democratic decline in our time must include giving all children the right to vote
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April 27, 2023

🦋 For pluralist democratic socialism

Luke Martell
Socialist democracy includes but can go beyond the state, class, and socialism. Luke Martell argues it should overcome dichotomous thinking in favour of a pluralist socialism of diverse values, approaches, democratic forms, and levels of organisation Communism, social democracy, cooperative, and democratic socialism This blog contributes to The Loop's Science of Democracy series by delving […]
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April 24, 2023

🦋 What can we make of transnational industrial democracy after the 2013 Rana Plaza disaster?

Juliane Reinecke
The 2013 Rana Plaza disaster led to an unprecedented initiative based on principles of industrial democracy to prevent future factory deaths in the Bangladesh garment sector. Yet, write Juliane Reinecke and Jimmy Donaghey, the success of the initiative depends on whether transnational and local actors cooperate and whether a market-driven approach to labour rights renders effective in the absence of a disaster
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April 19, 2023

🦋 Inclusive democracy: a second-generation design

Karen Celis
Fixing numbers is not enough. In their second-generation design for inclusive democracy, Karen Celis and Sarah Childs refashion representation processes to incentivise elected representatives to care more for diverse citizens. The designed-for effects? Experiencing better representation ‘in the round’, the most marginalised feeling recognised by and connected with democratic politics
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April 17, 2023

🦋 Language, diversity, and Ralph Ellison’s 'democratic vernacular'

Nathan Pippenger
Do democracies have to choose between diversity and social cohesion? The African-American writer Ralph Ellison spent his career resisting this false choice, arguing that the idea of a 'common culture' did not have to amount to assimilation. Nathan Pippenger argues that Ellison’s distinctive perspective on these issues holds important lessons for democracies today
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April 4, 2023

🦋 Making the case for inconvenient democracy

Remi Chukwudi Okeke
Remi Chukwudi Okeke argues that democracy's adherents often jettison it for other forms of governance, like authoritarianism, when it is no longer convenient for them. Embracing an ethic of inconvenient democracy may undo this pernicious dynamic
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March 30, 2023

🦋 What do people mean when they say they support democracy – and why should we care?

Hannah Chapman
Amid concerns of declining support for democracy worldwide, recent research points to a way forward. Hannah Chapman, Margaret Hanson, Valery Dzutsati, and Paul DeBell show that how people define democracy influences their support for it
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