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July 7, 2022

♟️ A 'cat-dog' called electoral autocracy

Adrián del Río Since the 80s, electoral autocracy has been considered the most common form of dictatorship. Yet, as Adrián del Río shows, little is known about what this regime is and how we can recognise it. There is, in fact, only a 34% probability of datasets agreeing on examples Read more
July 6, 2022

How conservatives react against feminist mobilisations and turn to the radical right

Gefjon Off Evidence from Sweden shows that feminist mobilisations, such as #MeToo, can trigger a conservative backlash against gender equality and LGBTQI+ rights. This then fuels support for the radical right, argues Gefjon Off Read more
July 5, 2022

The hegemony of Kirchnerism in Argentinian politics

Sergio Ricardo Quiroga Kirchnerism emerged from Argentine Peronism, spearheaded by Néstor Kirchner and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. Since 2003, it has built a cultural and political hegemony that denies Argentinian citizens their political and civil liberties, writes Sergio Quiroga. Read more
July 4, 2022

Whatever happened to the Italian Five Star Movement?

Martin Bull The Italian Five Star Movement has undergone a formidable split, with former leader Luigi di Maio walking out with 60 parliamentarians and forming a new party. This, and declining popularity in opinion polls, marks the twilight of Five Star’s decade-long success – and possibly the end of populist politics in Italy, writes Martin Bull Read more
June 29, 2022

Misperceptions drive immigration politics and undermine democracy

Marco Bitschnau Most people hold deep-seated misperceptions about immigration, painting its nature, effects, and governance in excessively dark colours. This reflects concerns about out-group threat and tends to be resistant to correction efforts. It is also, argue Marco Bitschnau and Philipp Lutz, highly problematic for democracies Read more
June 28, 2022

🦋 How to get to the core of democracy

Toralf Stark Toralf Stark, Norma Osterberg-Kaufmann and Christoph Mohamad-Klotzbach elaborate on their proposal for a global concept of democracy. To do so, they move away from the institutional perspective to identify a normative good of democracy, which they refer to as the singular core principle – political self-efficacy. Read more
June 23, 2022

'The people' goes to the Capitol

Lasse Thomassen How should we interpret what happened on 6 January 2021 at the Capitol? Lasse Thomassen argues that, while populists like Trump may threaten democracy, we cannot simply dismiss populism and the populist mob without taking something away from it that we value: its inherent openness Read more
June 22, 2022

Westminster has a moral obligation to allow a second Scottish independence referendum

Ruairidh Brown The first obstacle in holding an Independence Referendum is assuring its legitimacy. To do so, says Ruairidh Brown, the SNP-Green alliance have implied the UK Government has no moral authority to deny Scots a choice on their future Read more

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