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    Despite low unemployment, large sections of German society remain at risk from poverty

Despite low unemployment, large sections of German society remain at risk from poverty

In the early 2000s, the then SPD-Green government in Germany implemented a package of policies known as ‘Agenda 2010’, which aimed to reform the country’s welfare system and labour market. Stefan Selke writes on the impact of these reforms ten years later. He argues that while the unemployment rate in Germany is currently low by historical standards, the picture […]

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    Evidence from Sweden shows the importance of parties signalling potential coalition partners for strategic voting

Evidence from Sweden shows the importance of parties signalling potential coalition partners for strategic voting

From Podemos to the Front National and the Five Star Movement, mainstream parties in Europe are increasingly being challenged by ‘outsider’ parties on the radical-left and far-right in several European countries. But with the proliferation of new parties how is electoral support affected by strategic voting? Annika Fredén writes on the differing fortunes of small parties in Sweden and […]

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    Conflict inside the European Commission is a key factor in shaping EU legislation

Conflict inside the European Commission is a key factor in shaping EU legislation

Why does the European Commission at times propose legislative drafts that provoke Member State opposition, that introduce strikingly high or low standards, or that actively contradict each other? Miriam Hartlapp, Julia Metz and Christian Rauh present findings from a study of 48 legislative drafting processes. They argue that while the Commission is often thought of as a unified actor, […]

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    Mapping the Greek party system after the 2015 elections: how the economy and Europe have merged into a single issue

Mapping the Greek party system after the 2015 elections: how the economy and Europe have merged into a single issue

The Greek government is still attempting to negotiate a long-term solution to the country’s debt problem, but what are the lasting implications of the 2015 Greek parliamentary elections for politics in Greece? Alexia Katsanidou and Simon Otjes present a new model for understanding the Greek party system. They argue that with the country’s economy becoming so closely linked to […]

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    Why participatory governance offers a realistic route to addressing the EU’s legitimacy crisis

Why participatory governance offers a realistic route to addressing the EU’s legitimacy crisis

How can EU decision-making be brought closer to Europe’s citizens? Based on a case study of the ‘REACH’ regulation governing the production and use of chemical substances, Karl-Oskar Lindgren writes on the potential for a participatory governance approach to increase the EU’s legitimacy by enhancing the capacity for stakeholders and civil society actors to play an active role in […]

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    Voters on the extreme left and right are far more likely to believe in conspiracy theories

Voters on the extreme left and right are far more likely to believe in conspiracy theories

Conspiracy theories are a feature of political discourse across Europe, but are some types of voters more likely to believe in conspiracy theories than others? Jan-Willem van Prooijen presents findings from a study of belief in conspiracy theories among individuals in the Netherlands and the United States. He writes that those on the extreme left and right of the […]

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