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🌈 Male MPs still get it all

October 3, 2023

A bitter victory and a sweet defeat: Spain’s general election

August 2, 2023

Spain’s electoral gridlock and the road ahead

July 28, 2023

Peripheral parties hold the key in the aftermath of the Spanish elections

July 27, 2023

The 2023 elections mark the end of the financial crisis era in Greece

July 24, 2023
June 14, 2023

Greek election outcome: towards a new disorder

Susannah Verney The Greek election of May 2023 produced an unexpected destabilisation of the party system, and triggered a repeat election to be held five weeks later. Susannah Verney argues that the poll was variously viewed by voters as a second order election and a ‘system-defining’ choice Read more
June 7, 2023

Why the Mexican Congress is too weak to control the President

Carlos Vázquez-Ferrel The new wave of strong executives in Latin America is not only caused by their forceful attempts to push their legislative agenda, or their popularity. Carlos Vázquez-Ferrel examines the Mexican case, where there are institutional disincentives to empower Congress. The result is a weak and disillusioned legislative opposition Read more
May 30, 2023

Controversies over Slovakia’s new political cabinet

Max Steuer After the break-up of the governing coalition in Slovakia, President Čaputová appointed Slovakia's first cabinet composed of largely non-partisan experts. Max Steuer questions the labelling of this cabinet as ‘non-political’ or ‘technocratic’. While not hailing from general election results, it enjoys other sources of democratic legitimacy Read more
February 10, 2023

The EU could be on the verge of a step towards real Europarty democracy

Diogo Vieira Ferreira European (transnational) political parties have suffered from a lack of political influence in the European Union. Diogo Vieira Ferreira argues that dealing with the EU’s democratic deficit requires higher political (party) competition at the EU level. The direct suffrage of MEPs via transnational lists is an embryonic but required step Read more
October 17, 2022

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

Orlaith Rice Frustration with integration policy and fear of crime, two issues which Swedish political rhetoric and public opinion increasingly conflates, fuels the Sweden Democrats’ onward journey into mainstream politics. Orlaith Rice considers where SD sits under labels of populism and illiberalism Read more

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