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November 17, 2020

Belarus is in an unprecedented political crisis with no resolution in sight

Hanna Vasilevich In August 2020, following a hotly disputed presidential election, Aliaksandr Lukashenko was declared President of Belarus. Since then, the country has experienced relentless street protests against electoral fraud, writes Hanna Vasilevich Read more
November 11, 2020

Trump exploited social media platforms to question the election outcome. Their swift response has helped safeguard American democracy

Angelo Vito Panaro The American presidential elections, and the refusal of President Trump to recognise the result on the basis of unsubstantiated claims of electoral fraud have resulted in the social media platforms, Twitter and Facebook, taking unprecedented initiatives against misinformation and false accusations, thus helping to safeguard American democracy, writes Angelo Vito Panaro Read more
November 9, 2020

Coronavirus fatigue is the biggest threat to Germany’s success story in this pandemic

Jay Krehbiel Changing German attitudes to the coronavirus, as measured in original survey data, are the key to understanding how long the country’s success in tackling the pandemic may last, writes Jay N. Krehbiel, Amanda Driscoll, Michael J. Nelson and Taylor Kinsley Chewning Read more
November 2, 2020

Social media may be the cure for ailing democracies: Nigeria’s #EndSARS revolution

Omogbolahan Bello In Nigeria, nationwide protests have erupted from the Twitter hashtag #EndSARS, created to oppose the abuse of police power. Omogbolahan Bello argues that the implications of this movement show how social media may be a tool for democratic reform Read more
October 1, 2020

Voting once or voting twice? The case for double referendums

Richard Rose Many referendums concern a decision in principle from which must follow a detailed implementation plan. In such cases, argues Richard Rose, good democratic practice demands a second referendum giving voters the option to change their mind Read more
October 1, 2020

A cocktail of Brexit and Covid-19 could yet be decisive for the achievement of Scottish independence

Stuart A Brown Scottish independence voters in the 2014 referendum refused to accept the UK government’s position that this was a ‘once in a generation’ opportunity. Six years on and a second referendum is back on the agenda, writes Stuart Brown Read more
September 30, 2020

How suppression in the workplace can affect political participation

Bram Geurkink Workplaces can be an important training ground for democratic behaviour and attitudes – but many are ruled by suppressive supervisors. Bram Geurkink, Agnes Akkerman and Roderick Sluiter argue that suppressing workers from voicing their concerns can have lasting effects on the democratic societies of which they are a part Read more

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