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Science of Democracy

September 20, 2021

🦋 Why the concept of democracy, and data collection, matter

Tetsuki Tamura Tetsuki Tamura argues we need a better and wider concept of democracy to capture democratic practices in unlikely places, such as the family Read more
September 16, 2021

🦋 What is democracy? An empirical response to the Butterfly Collector

Leonardo Morlino Jean-Paul Gagnon's original blog in this series asked ‘what is democracy?’ Leonardo Morlino brings an empirical perspective to this question. Contextualising and unpacking it, he then develops an empirical strategy of research for democrats to follow Read more
September 14, 2021

🦋 Gagnon’s 'data mountain': a lookout point for revolutions to come

Dannica Fleuß Building a ‘dictionary of democracies’, as Jean-Paul Gagnon proposes, will not render a revolution of democratic theory. Yet the data mountain may be a valuable point of departure for a 'decentred' understanding of democracy and, in consequence, for several theoretical, empirical, and political innovations, writes Dannica Fleuß Read more
September 10, 2021

🦋 Democracy may mean multiple things, but that should not stop us recasting our stumbling democratic politics

Michael Saward untain’, but argues that its size and complexity should not prevent us sifting and analysing our findings to design new models of democracy Read more
September 3, 2021

🦋 The archive and the demos

Eva Cherniavsky Can the people reclaim failing democratic institutions around the globe? Eva Cherniavsky argues that the demos itself must first be reconstituted. In this context, democracy’s myriad historical meanings assume an immediate political relevance Read more
August 26, 2021

🦋 Proposing a taxonomy for democratic theory

Petra Guasti Petra Guasti takes inspiration from the natural world to propose a way to organise the taxonomy of democratic theory. In a joint effort, and using a three-step process akin to Linnaeus and Darwin, she suggests that democratic theorists could create an encyclopedia of democracies Read more
August 23, 2021

🦋 We need democracy to be able to discuss democracy

Markus Pausch Collecting the words of democracy like butterflies is a worthwhile endeavour. But it doesn't work without normative valuation and a democratic context. The butterflies are not only around us, but in us! And they need an intact environment to survive, writes Markus Pausch Read more
August 20, 2021

🦋 Collecting notions of democracy

Maija Setälä Democratic renewal demands openness to different understandings of democracy, and reflection on our preconceptions. Maija Setälä argues that it also requires analytical clarity and normative commitment Read more

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