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Musk’s Twitter takeover has damaged its popularity, but it may yet survive

November 24, 2022

🦋 How elections stifle democracy in Kenya

October 28, 2022

How letters to leaders can improve our understanding of public opinion

September 5, 2022

🦋 Designing democracy: let the people choose how to govern themselves

August 10, 2022

Conservative leadership hopefuls should listen to Hobbes regarding Scotland

July 27, 2022
June 22, 2022

Westminster has a moral obligation to allow a second Scottish independence referendum

Ruairidh Brown The first obstacle in holding an Independence Referendum is assuring its legitimacy. To do so, says Ruairidh Brown, the SNP-Green alliance have implied the UK Government has no moral authority to deny Scots a choice on their future Read more
March 22, 2022

Can political trust be rebuilt?

Viktor Orri Valgarðsson Citizens across the world appear to be losing faith in politics and governments’ ability to solve society’s problems, but can their faith be reclaimed? Viktor Orri Valgarðsson suggests that what may be needed is a new trust settlement – one of critical trust, which must be earned Read more
March 11, 2021

Popular wisdom says political parties aren’t responsive to public opinion. Our research found otherwise

Jonathan Polk Political parties are the mainstay of our democracy – but do they adapt to changes in public opinion? In new research, Raimondas Ibenskas and Jonathan Polk reassure us that they do Read more
January 19, 2021

Clientelism – another reason to worry about US democracy

Rachel Gisselquist The last several months have given us many reasons to worry about US democracy – not least the riot at the US Capitol and the president’s refusal to accept the results of the November election, with Republican support. Rachel Gisselquist argues that clientelism is yet another reason to worry Read more
December 21, 2020

Academic activists want to break out of their ivory towers, but in doing so risk creating a new form of elitism

Francesco Saverio Montesano An increasing number of scholars want to campaign for positive change outside the academic echo chamber, but overlook their own evidence when they refuse to engage with any view not exclusively based on science. Francesco S. Montesano argues that this will only deepen the gap between ‘experts’ and the rest of society Read more

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