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Why Meloni’s victory in the Italian election was no surprise

November 8, 2022

Italy’s changing international outlook under Meloni

November 3, 2022

🌊 Sweden Democrats: another win for right-wing populism and illiberalism in Europe?

October 17, 2022

Military conscription is no antidote to the political apathy of new generations

October 6, 2022

Rules of thumb can lead to politicians misjudging voters' reactions

October 6, 2022
September 30, 2022

Italian general election: the far right sweeps to power under Giorgia Meloni

Giovanni Capoccia The Italian general election produced a clear majority for the right-wing coalition headed by the Brothers of Italy, following a significant shift of votes within the coalition. The parties of the centre-left failed to forge an electoral alliance to stop the right. The political landscape remains volatile, says Giovanni Capoccia Read more
September 23, 2022

🌊 Far-right populism and the neoliberal exclusionary state

Valentina Ausserladscheider Across the globe, rar-right populism is on the rise. Its exclusionary nationalist nature poses a threat for liberal democracies. Taking Austria as a case study, Valentina Ausserladscheider explains the less obvious ways far-right populist nationalism can become deeply entangled with neoliberal economic policymaking Read more
September 21, 2022

The Queen's two bodies and the political power of metaphor

Kandida Purnell Kandida Purnell explains the significance of the transition between the death of Queen Elizabeth II and the crowning of King Charles III. There is a strange (yet strategic) legal-theological history and tradition which gives the UK's monarch two ‘bodies’. In doing so, it breathes life into the still commonly deployed metaphorical ‘body politic’ Read more
September 16, 2022

Nostalgia and anti-nostalgia in the Brexit narrative

Francesca Melhuish We often consider nostalgia – the emotional sense that things were better in the past – as the opposite of future orientation. But nostalgia’s relationship with time is more complicated. Francesca Melhuish explores this relationship as it relates to Brexit, and how it helps us to understand the emotional appeal of temporal narratives of the nation Read more
September 13, 2022

Putin’s Ukraine narrative draws on the historic role of kin-states

Aida Halilovic Aida Halilovic argues that Putin’s (flawed) narrative of his invasion of Ukraine is best understood through a historical lens. She highlights the substantial minorities who now live in non-kin states in Europe, and their place in the security landscape of Europe To understand Russia’s rhetoric, it is important to grasp the role that minorities have […] Read more

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