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October 13, 2023

🦋 Feminism in protest camps: toward a 21st century feminist democracy?

Catherine Eschle In a new edited book, Catherine Eschle argues that protest camps are important spaces of feminist struggle. Here, she asks: are protest camps a site of 21st century feminist democracy? Read more
September 29, 2023

🔮 Three myths about populism in international relations

Angelos Chryssogelos When thinking about populism in world politics, much mainstream opinion sticks to a stereotypical view of populism as a uniform phenomenon that poses a mortal threat to the international order. Angelos Chryssogelos argues that its relationship with foreign policy and the international order is much more nuanced Read more
September 28, 2023

🦋 What we (don’t) talk about when we talk about democracy

Alex Prior Examining the first 99 entries in our Science of Democracy series, Alex Prior identifies an asymmetry between references to people (demos) and power (kratos). Through a discussion of this asymmetry and its possible causes, he calls for increased attention to power, in the sense of its ability to effect change Read more
September 27, 2023

Poland's polarisation: Kaczyński, Tusk, and the shifting conflict

Piotr Marczyński Neither Poland's government nor its opposition has a straightforward path toward an electoral majority. Meanwhile, personal conflict between Jarosław Kaczyński and Donald Tusk dominates the news cycle. Piotr Marczyński argues this configuration reflects the shallow roots of the Polish party system, with axes of polarisation gradually realigning along ideological lines Read more
September 27, 2023

Al-Burhan’s political system can still sabotage peace in Sudan 

Hager Ali The war in Sudan has passed the five-month mark, and peace efforts seem to have plateaued. Breaking down Sudan’s political system and transition since 2019, Hager Ali explains how defective interim governance enabled the violent power struggle between the country’s largest armed forces. She argues that past political systems could still undermine present peace efforts […] Read more
September 6, 2023

🔮 Populism: left or right?

Dani Filc Are populist movements necessarily left or right? Dani Filc argues that populism is too complex a phenomenon to easily fit easily into the conventional political dimensions of left and right Read more
September 5, 2023

♟️ Authoritarianism and immigration policy: Tunisia shows it's not that straightforward

Katharina Natter Throughout 2023 Tunisia's immigration policies have made headlines, with authoritarian President Saied’s xenophobic speech, a new EU-Tunisia migration deal, and repeated protests condemning violence against Black migrants. But authoritarianism doesn’t inevitably result in increased migrant rights violations. Nor, however, does democratisation guarantee improved rights, as Katharina Natter shows Read more
September 4, 2023

Right-wing populism reaches Argentina

Demian Iglesias Seifert Javier Milei's victory in the primary elections is a sign that Argentina, previously a bastion of left-wing populism, is joining the global trend of right-wing populism. Argentina, writes Demian Iglesias Seifert, is now following the patterns we see in Brazil and El Salvador. Strong support from young men catapulted the La Libertad Avanza leader to first place in the primaries Read more

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