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Understanding democracy’s contentious outcomes as a legitimising force

February 23, 2024

🔮 Populism research demands more nuance: enter tribalism

February 21, 2024

🎭 Making identity politics less personal

January 15, 2024

🎭 Democratic transformation through visibility, not popularity!

January 2, 2024

🔮 Populism: left or right?

September 6, 2023
August 31, 2023

🦋 Mnemonic democracy: the role of memory in politics

Jenny Wüstenberg Memory is crucial for democracy, but not only because it can teach citizens important norms like tolerance and inclusion. Mnemonic democracy would also mean taking into account whether the views of the majority are represented and public memory is underpinned by legitimate state power, Jenny Wüstenberg writes Read more
August 31, 2023

🔮 Populism and protest at the ballot box

Alexander Langenkamp Alexander Langenkamp and Simon Bienstman argue that populist parties appeal strongly to citizens who feel vulnerable and discontented in ways that may be more than just political. This is an important explanatory factor of the electoral success of populist parties as a symptom of 'protest at the ballot box' Read more
August 25, 2023

🔮 The thin and chamaeleonic nature of demand for populism

Elena Baro Scholars have been trying to understand what unifies voters of populist parties and what the prototypical populist voter looks like. Elena Baro proposes a new perspective in the study of the demand-side, that of embracing what makes the study of populism challenging: its thin and chameleonic nature Read more
August 23, 2023

Why democracies need epistemic infrastructures

Lisa Herzog 'Political epistemology' is a new branch of political theory dealing with the relationship between knowledge and politics. Theorists disagree whether epistemology delivers reasons for or against democracy. But, writes Lisa Herzog, the better question is: what epistemic infrastructures do democracies need to function well? And are we doing enough to preserve these infrastructures? Read more
August 10, 2023

🔮 Populists in power, constitutional change, and democratic backsliding

Jasmin Sarah König We know that there is an inherent tension between populism and liberal democracy. So how does this translate into law when populists are in power? Jasmin Sarah König and Tilko Swalve argue that constitutional changes by populist governments can have ambiguous implications for democratic quality Read more

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