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July 27, 2022

Conservative leadership hopefuls should listen to Hobbes regarding Scotland

Ruairidh Brown Despite often being regarded as a blueprint for authoritarianism, Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan gives prudent advice on the limitations of sovereign power. Ruairidh Brown argues this serves as a timely warning for the next Conservative leader on their approach to Scottish politics Read more
July 26, 2022

Why the European Green Deal (still) matters

Simon Schunz Russia’s invasion of Ukraine challenges the EU’s flagship ‘Green Deal’ project. Current measures to cope with rising energy prices and the risk of power cuts run counter to the Deal’s transformational logic. Simon Schunz argues that an alternative solution lies in understanding this crisis as a catalyst for Europe’s socio-ecological transition Read more
July 25, 2022

🦋 The ‘Science of Democracy’ is more than falsification

James Wong While Jean-Paul Gagnon’s data mountain project aims to rescue an abandoned science, others reject the study as not genuinely scientific. James Wong advocates a pluralist view of the epistemic commitments of (political) science and argues that Gagnon’s project can be grounded in scientific anti-realism and constructivism Read more
July 21, 2022

Is EU enlargement to Ukraine and Moldova credible?

Veronica Anghel The credibility of EU membership for Ukraine and Moldova depends on how flexible member states are with the criteria for entry and the notion of full membership. Veronica Anghel and Erik Jones, drawing on analysis of previous enlargements, show that the flexibility can be considerable Read more
July 20, 2022

🦋 Connecting theory to the messy realities of democratic innovations in practice

Lucy J Parry Lucy J Parry recognises the value of a database of democracy but is concerned about its utility in the real world. If this data mountain is to bolster democratic innovation, we need to step away from detached order and engage with the messy reality of democratic innovations in practice Read more
July 19, 2022

Using Wikipedia for conflict forecasting

Christian Oswald Regularly updated data sources with global coverage are essential for (near) real-time forecasting. Christian Oswald and Daniel Ohrenhofer introduce Wikipedia as a new data source for conflict forecasting due to its ability to capture the salience and controversy of a topic Read more
July 18, 2022

The EU Emissions Trading Scheme: an imperfect route to decarbonisation

Claire Godet Can climate economic and financial policies truly foster decarbonisation? Claire Godet argues this is possible only if policy-makers regulate markets to take into account all aspects of sustainability. Without appropriate regulation, ‘sustainable markets’ merely create the same inequalities as any other market Read more
July 14, 2022

India’s soft power diplomacy in the Modi era

Shreeya Patil Soft power diplomacy has always been important to India, as the world’s largest democracy, with a rich heritage, culture and ambitious aspirations. This has never more so than under the current Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. Shreeya Patil explores the different facets of this important form of diplomacy Read more

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