Tag Archives: Democracy

Feb 7 2017

Against Anti-Pluralism

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By Max Hänska Citizens are voting for candidates hitherto considered unlikely; the future of the EU, and indeed the post-war international order is in question. It is unsurprising that the current fin de siècle atmosphere, and many citizens’ sense of … Continue reading

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Jun 29 2016

Brexit and Democracy

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By Mary Kaldor The vote to leave Europe seems to have set off a spate of events spinning in different and dangerous directions. The two main political parties are falling apart. Scottish politicians are already a tabling a second referendum … Continue reading

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May 6 2016

Defenestrations: (Un)Framing the EU Referendum Debate, Part I

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By Henry Radice Observing (full disclosure: from the perspective of a strong supporter of Remain) the politics of the UK’s upcoming EU referendum, a number of problematic framings of the question of British membership of the EU appear relevant to … Continue reading

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Jul 9 2015

The Greek Referendum: Popular Verdict or Foregone Conclusion?

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By Eleftherios Antonopoulos It is easy to blame the yes campaign but hard to account for its 38.69 per cent in a snap referendum framed as foregone conclusion In the early morning hours of Saturday June 27, Greek TV programmes … Continue reading

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Dec 10 2014

The impact of the mass media on the quality of democracy within a state remains a much overlooked area of study

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By Lisa Müller Media organisations are generally assumed to play an important role in democracies, but how effective are they in performing this function within specific states? Lisa Müller outlines results from an analysis of 47 countries, based on a framework which rates … Continue reading

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Jul 11 2014

(No) Time for activism: the changing face of protest movements

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By Anne Kaun New media and technologies and, in particular, social media have been celebrated over the last few years for their role in protest movements, such as the 15-M movement in Spain, the ‘Aganaktismenoi’ in Greece or the global … Continue reading

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May 27 2014

Democracy in Europe after the Elections

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By Mary Kaldor Nationalism is a way of deflecting discontent towards a convenient scapegoat, an ‘other’ – the immigrant or Europe. It is a way of mobilising political support while avoiding any commitment to address the underlying causes of discontent; … Continue reading

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Dec 10 2013

Democracy Nomen Nudum

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By Xavier Guillaume, Roberto Orsi and Vassilios Paipais The Eurozone crisis is much more than a sheer fiscal problem plaguing a number of countries in the South of the continent. It is rather a symptom of a diseased situation that … Continue reading

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Nov 27 2013

The Limits of the European Public Sphere

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By Francisco Seoane Pérez The proverbial distance between European Union institutions and European citizens has been attributed by political leaders and scholars alike to a ‘communications gap’, that is, to the way EU affairs are mediated by the news media, … Continue reading

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Aug 30 2013

The Quality of Democracy in Spain Took a Great Leap Backwards in 2012

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By Luis Bouza García Since 2008, the left-leaning Fundación Alternativas has produced an annual report evaluating the quality of democracy in Spain. This study relies on a survey of social scientists familiar with Spanish politics and society, and has the … Continue reading

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