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March 22, 2024

How trade matters for political outcomes

Andreas Dür Andreas Dür and Robert A. Huber argue that (changes in) trade flows and regions’ economic structures matter for political outcomes. Regions’ trade competitiveness affects both legislators’ trade attitudes and incumbents’ re-election chances Read more
March 22, 2024

🔮 Welfare chauvinism and populism. Is it the economy (stupid)?

David Andreas Bell A rising number of people believe that when it comes to welfare benefits, a country's native population should have priority access. David Andreas Bell argues that it is people’s perceptions of the economic stability of their country, rather than the reality, which explains such welfare-chauvinistic attitudes – and populist rhetoric plays a big part Read more
March 21, 2024

🦋 What identity does democracy need? The necessity and danger of political polarisation

Simon Bein Simon Bein postulates a new perspective on the multiplicity of understandings of democracy and political identities in democratic societies. He argues that democracies which recognise and balance competing political identities are less polarised Read more
March 20, 2024

🌊 Buying women's votes through welfare in Turkey

Bengisu Savran Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's authoritarian AKP has governed Turkey for more than twenty years. The regime has consistently rolled back gender rights. Despite this, many women continue to vote for it. Why? Bengisu Savran suggests clientelism and welfare benefits may provide the answer Read more
March 19, 2024

Slovakia risks heading back to the nineties

Max Steuer The Slovak Constitutional Court has – temporarily, at least – succeeded in halting policies driving the country towards illiberalism. Max Steuer argues that this decision, and its political context, resemble developments in late-1990s Slovakia. The Court showed resilience, but it might not suffice if Slovakia’s illiberals learn from the experience Read more
March 19, 2024

🔮 It’s time for a ‘material turn’ in populism studies

Vladimir Bortun Researchers have made significant advances over the past decade in making sense of right-wing populism. However, as this party family continues to win elections, scholars need to pay more attention to the class forces and material interests it represents, writes Vladimir Bortun Read more
March 18, 2024

The democratisation of asymmetry

Alexandr Burilkov Despite the deployment of multiple Western warships to the Red Sea, Qatar has suspended deliveries from shipping company LNG to Europe as a result of Houthi attacks. This disruption of fragile Western supply chains, writes Alexandr Burilkov, comes at a time when resource-poor Europe must meet the steep costs of rearming to match the Russian military Read more
March 18, 2024

🎭 Realising young people's democratic potential

Temidayo Eseonu Many young people are at the forefront of demanding change, such as racial justice. Temidayo Eseonu draws on her research with racially minoritised young people to show how Afrofuturism can help them understand racism and resist its impact on their lives. Tapping into young people’s democratic potential can give us all hope for the future Read more

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