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June 21, 2023

Do referendum voters vote according to their beliefs?

Matthew Bergman What motivates people in referendum voting? Advocates argue that they allow voters to express their sincere preferences on issues. Matthew Bergman and Gianluca Passarelli look at the Italian case. They argue that voting in referenda can be just as party-focused as other forms of elections Read more
June 7, 2023

Why the Mexican Congress is too weak to control the President

Carlos Vázquez-Ferrel The new wave of strong executives in Latin America is not only caused by their forceful attempts to push their legislative agenda, or their popularity. Carlos Vázquez-Ferrel examines the Mexican case, where there are institutional disincentives to empower Congress. The result is a weak and disillusioned legislative opposition Read more
February 10, 2023

The EU could be on the verge of a step towards real Europarty democracy

Diogo Vieira Ferreira European (transnational) political parties have suffered from a lack of political influence in the European Union. Diogo Vieira Ferreira argues that dealing with the EU’s democratic deficit requires higher political (party) competition at the EU level. The direct suffrage of MEPs via transnational lists is an embryonic but required step Read more
August 12, 2021

Party system ‘closure’ and its impact on democracy

Zsolt Enyedi Over time, European party systems develop ‘closure’. Zsolt Enyedi and Fernando Casal Bértoa analyse how this happens, and what impact it has on European democracy Read more

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