To understand the illiberal challenge to liberal democracy, write Gianfranco Baldini and Hugo Canihac, we need to consider three dimensions: how illiberalism emerged as a challenge in and from liberal societies, how populists implement illiberal practices, and how liberal institutions respond to the challenge raised by illiberals Read more
Mattia Zulianello and Petra Guasti explore and rebut three die-hard myths about populism. This, they argue, on the one hand guards against overestimating populism as a phenomenon. On the other, it warns that we must not underestimate the political strength of the so-called populist radical right Read more
While Jean-Paul Gagnon‚Äôs 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‚Äôs project can be grounded in scientific anti-realism and constructivism Read more
Catherine Owen argues that understanding how regime type influences public sector performance can illuminate varieties of ‚Äėauthoritarian public policy‚Äô and the resilience of authoritarian states. To do so, she calls on the fields of public administration and comparative politics to work together Read more
Eva Krick is sympathetic to Gagnon‚Äôs collection of ‚Äėdemocracies with adjectives‚Äô but does not fully share his optimism that this will finally make us grasp democracy‚Äôs ‚Äėtotal texture‚Äô. It is but one little building block of an infinite and eclectic science of democracy. Read more
Religious freedom is deteriorating in France. Laws aimed at maintaining the confessional neutrality of the French state are turning into attacks on individuals‚Äô right to religious freedom, writes Emmanuelle Bertout In February 2021, the French National Assembly adopted the highly controversial bill Consolidating the Principles of the Republic. The Senate followed suit in April. The […] Read more
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