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🦋 Understanding democracy without the ‘D-word’

October 5, 2022

🦋 Democracy as a way of living

September 20, 2022

♟️ The black box of authoritarian legislatures

September 15, 2022

The political potential of placemaking

August 25, 2022

Russia's war and the rhetoric of the 'civilisational state' in global politics

August 17, 2022
August 12, 2022

♟️ Before categorising autocracies, we need to count them accurately

Edward Goldring Hager Ali launched this series by pointing out that 'we lack the terminology to do anything beyond counting non-democracies'. Yet Edward Goldring argues that we sometimes struggle to accurately do that. This raises troubling questions for analyses of non-democracies – and emphasises the importance of studying history Read more
August 6, 2022

🦋 Collecting the butterflies of democracy with Ludwig Wittgenstein

Erik Liam Severson Defining ‘democracy’ has proven to be an arduous task, but Erik Liam Severson asks whether we need a definitive definition. He finds that the work of Ludwig Wittgenstein can offer support for the project, but indicates the value of having an open, rather than total, texture and definition of democracy Read more
August 1, 2022

🦋 Confronting democracy’s foundational flaws

Anna Drake How should we approach a database of democracy’s words when many of these collected democracies fail to respect people’s moral and political equality? According to Anna Drake, if we want meaningful narratives to emerge, then we must confront foundational challenges to democracy and centre these in our analysis. 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 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

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