The fight against corruption has been at the heart of recent mass protests across the world. But does corruption drive political participation, and if so, who is it mobilising? Research by Raffaele Bazurli and Martín Portos suggests – counterintuitively – that people with less education are the most likely to rise up Read more
Authoritarian states deliberately use a number of tools to manage their image internationally, writes Alexander Dukalskis. Creating positive news, distracting and silencing critique, and shaping elite opinion help make the world safer for dictatorships Read more
Under the Biden administration, the EU stands to have an ally against authoritarian tendencies in some Central and Eastern European countries writes Veronica Anghel. But US involvement will not be transformative Read more
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
Although it claims to protect women, the Bolsonaro government is running a crusade against the human rights of women and LGBTQ individuals, writes Fernanda Barasuol. Attempting to ban gender studies in universities is one example of how the government works against women’s right to defend themselves Read more
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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