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    Britain’s surprising election: Austerity and inequality make for angry and unpredictable voters

Britain’s surprising election: Austerity and inequality make for angry and unpredictable voters

The unexpected result of the general election is just another case of voters punishing governments for their handling of the economy, writes Jonathan Hopkin. He argues citizens have had enough of an economic system that deliberately benefits only the few. Established political parties have failed to provide a vision for change, and so new political leaders who do so […]

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Experts react: Catalan elections

Catalonia held elections on 27 September, with the poll being framed by several parties as a de facto vote on Catalan independence. The final result produced a majority of seats in the Catalan Parliament for pro-independence parties, with these parties securing 47.8 per cent of the votes cast. We asked some of EUROPP’s contributors for their reaction to the […]

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Lower levels of inequality are linked with greater innovation in economies

Can countries be both economically efficient and have equal societies? Conventional wisdom suggests that this is not the case. Jonathan Hopkin, Victor Lapuente and Lovisa Moller take a close look at the empirical evidence. They find that the less unequal a country is, the more likely it is to be innovative. They argue that while the US combines high levels of inequality and innovation, other […]

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Far from being a disaster, the results of the Italian election could be a turning point for Italy and the Eurozone.

The results of the Italian elections, in which the centre-left coalition won a majority in the Chamber of Deputies, but not in the Senate, have led to fears that the country could become ungovernable. Jonathan Hopkin takes issue with this perspective, arguing that the results could have a number of positive consequences for both Italy and the Eurozone. The failure […]

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Catalonia’s election result reflects the fragmented and divided nature of the pro-independence majority.

Elections to the Catalan Parliament this weekend produced a majority for parties that support independence for Catalonia. Jonathan Hopkin writes, however, that divisions between the pro-independence parties on social and economic policy mean that a referendum on independence for Catalonia is by no means a certainty. The results of the elections to the Catalan Parliament on Sunday can be read […]

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In upcoming elections across the Eurozone periphery, voters are likely to react to austerity by replacing technocracy with populism

Historically, democracy in Europe has revolved around well-organized political parties with clear constituencies and distinct economic policy positions, but the push towards monetary union on the continent has seen the decline of this type of politics in favour of Europe-wide economic management by technocrats. Jonathan Hopkin argues that voters in the European periphery are now turning to parties on the […]

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Technocrats have taken over governments in Southern Europe. This is a challenge to democracy.

Only Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, has survived a post-crisis election. Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi and Greece’s Georgios Papandreou were replaced by technocrats. Jonathan Hopkin argues that these recent government changes in Southern Europe are a threat to democracy. The Eurozone debt crisis has aggravated an acute crisis of confidence in the European financial system, dragging down the real economy with […]

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