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November 27, 2023

🔮 Populism and democratic backsliding: learning from Hungary and Tunisia

Barbara Pisciotta
Barbara Pisciotta and Daniela Verena Huber explore how populism fuels societal divisions and provides fertile ground for democratic backsliding. This allows populist leaders to increase their own power at the expense of the opposition
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November 23, 2023

🦋 Is it post-democracy; or maybe authoritarian neo/liberalism?

Dimitra Mareta
'Democracy is in crisis'. We have heard this claim since the 1930s, and new terms regularly surface to describe democracy’s transformations through crisis. Of these terms, argues Dimitra Mareta, post-democracy and authoritarian neo/liberalism are the most challenging. While they describe either a strong or weak state, neither term captures the implications for the people living under such regimes
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November 22, 2023

🎭 Selfie activism: from cruel categories to presentist identities

Taina Meriluoto
To strive towards democratic transformations, we have much to learn from marginalised activists. They espouse ‘presentist identities’ to fight the dismissive categories through which other people see them. Presentist identities do not assume a past or a future. Instead, they make us simultaneously perceivable and free, writes Taina Meriluoto
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November 15, 2023

🔮 Climate protection as a challenge for the populist radical right

Jakob Schwörer
The world is gripped by the urgent reality of global warming and climate protest. Amid the crisis, populist radical-right parties are being forced to integrate the issue within their own ideological, programmatic and strategical framework. This pursuit gives rise to variations in approaches within the party family, write Jakob Schwörer and Belén Fernández-García
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November 14, 2023

🎭 Black, Queer, Trans, Disabled Lives Matter! Empowering identities to transform democracy

Brandon Mack
Democracy needs to recognise and empower our multiple identities. Brandon Mack draws on his activist experience with Black Lives Matter to argue for intersectionality and diverse histories as the backbone of democracy
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November 8, 2023

🔮 When populists meet financial globalisation

Pedro Perfeito Da Silva
The recurrent crises that emerged from financial globalisation have fuelled the success of populist parties across the world. Pedro Perfeito da Silva explains how initiatives to curb capital mobility and foreign banking ownership align with the ideological features of different varieties of populism
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November 7, 2023

The influence of Private Military Companies on global security

Simone Rinaldi
The history of private military activity goes back centuries, but modern-day Private Military Companies are a complex and controversial phenomenon in the global security landscape. Simone Rinaldi and Daniela Irrera argue that their role, and the implications of their use, raise significant challenges for the actors who employ them
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November 2, 2023

🔮 Populist radical-right parties are threatening international cooperation

Motoshi Suzuki
Populist radical-right (PRR) parties use rhetorical and coalitional strategies to proclaim and advance issue ownership over immigration. In government coalitions, they act strategically to upgrade their ownership and weaken constitutional arrangements. If successful, argues Motoshi Suzuki, these parties threaten liberal democracy and international cooperation
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November 1, 2023

🎭 Identity wars and democratic transformations: let’s dare to be different!

Hans Asenbaum
To face the multiple crises of our time, we need to explore our inner multiplicity. In this inaugural blog for a new series on ‘Democratic Transformations’, Hans Asenbaum argues that in daring to be different, we can engender systemic change
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October 31, 2023

🌈 Backlash and backsliding from within: democracy, feminism, and sex work

Joana Lilli Hofstetter
Analyses of the opposition against gender equality in Europe mostly address the opponents of women’s rights as inherently anti-democratic, and feminist actors as democratic by definition. But Joana Lilli Hofstetter and Lucrecia Rubio Grundell use sex work as an example of how anti-democratic backlashes against women’s rights can also be promoted by feminist actors
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