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March 29, 2021

The Conference on the Future of Europe lacks a clear conception of democratic authorisation

Markus Patberg The Conference on the Future of Europe aims to produce proposals for EU ureform in a participatory manner. Yet, writes Markus Patberg, its setup suggests top-down steering, and lacks a clear conception of democratic authorisation. The envisaged forms of broad but unsystematic inclusion might even be counterproductive to the declared goal of empowering citizens Read more
March 26, 2021

After the 2021 Dutch general election, can Volt become a genuine pan-European force?

Benjamin Leruth A new European party, Volt, debuted in the Tweede Kamer following last week's Dutch elections. The party faces challenges, but it could play a role in domestic political landscapes throughout Europe, writes Benjamin Leruth Read more
March 10, 2021

To understand the relative absence of disabled people in politics we need to look beyond stereotypes

Stefanie Reher Disabled people are underrepresented in elected office, so it's unlikely that public policy will reflect the interests of the 15% of the population living with disability. Stefanie Reher argues that we need to better understand the causes, and consequences, of such low representation Read more
January 26, 2021

The so-called crisis of political parties is, in fact, evidence of their adaption. Here's why

Elisa Volpi Political distrust and reduced party identification suggest that political parties are in crisis. Elisa Volpi argues that parties are not in terminal decline, but undergoing a process of adaptation Read more
December 21, 2020

Brexit and depression: the politics of mental health

Luca Bernardi Luca Bernardi and Robert Johns explore whether clinical depression may have contributed to Brexit. The striking evidence of depression influencing political attitudes suggests that connections between the two should be more thoroughly explored, especially as they show the potential to breed political alienation Read more
December 2, 2020

Is friendship the most important solution to the Covid-19 pandemic?

Ruairidh Brown The pandemic has revealed the importance of civic solidarity and public trust, writes Ruairidh Brown. But they function best in a context of ‘friendship', a concept which needs to be recognised as central to political thinking in a post-Covid world Read more
November 2, 2020

Social media may be the cure for ailing democracies: Nigeria’s #EndSARS revolution

Omogbolahan Bello In Nigeria, nationwide protests have erupted from the Twitter hashtag #EndSARS, created to oppose the abuse of police power. Omogbolahan Bello argues that the implications of this movement show how social media may be a tool for democratic reform Read more
October 1, 2020

A cocktail of Brexit and Covid-19 could yet be decisive for the achievement of Scottish independence

Stuart A Brown Scottish independence voters in the 2014 referendum refused to accept the UK government’s position that this was a ‘once in a generation’ opportunity. Six years on and a second referendum is back on the agenda, writes Stuart Brown Read more

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