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    The widespread belief that politics is broken should not be allowed to go unchallenged

The widespread belief that politics is broken should not be allowed to go unchallenged

That politics is broken and rotten in the UK may well be the defining belief of our time. But is it broken at Westminster? Tony Wright disagrees with the pervasive assessment, writing that, though the system does require a range of political reforms, reform requires a realistic understanding of what is wrong; and a determination to work to put it right.

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    Elective dictatorship? The democratic mandate concept has become dangerously over-extended

Elective dictatorship? The democratic mandate concept has become dangerously over-extended

Against the background of a general breakdown of public confidence in the political elite, politicians on both left and right have seen themselves not as part of a broader governing elite but as outsiders, empowered by their democratic mandate to shake up government and make it more responsive to the wishes of the people. Nat le Roux argues that taken to its […]

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    Capitalism need not churn inexorably toward higher inequality; democracies can tame the disproportionate power of elites

Capitalism need not churn inexorably toward higher inequality; democracies can tame the disproportionate power of elites

While some democracies adopt policies that systematically tend to favour the majority of the population and thus reduce inequality, others instead create policies that favour elites and the wealthy more broadly. Mike Albertus and Victor Menaldo find that the effect of democracy on redistribution is a function of the conditions under which countries transition to democracy. In democracies where elites have had little say in […]

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    We need to move banking and financial regulation into the centre of party political debate

We need to move banking and financial regulation into the centre of party political debate

Nicholas Dorn argues that the failures that led to the financial crisis were symptoms of a deeply entrenched historical democratic deficit. The whirlwind of regulatory activism post-crisis at international, European and national levels has yet to touch the core problem, which is that there never has been public regulation of financial markets in the UK. If the historically-constructed separation of regulation from […]

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    Far from being a threat to European democracy, the EU-US free trade deal is an ideal opportunity to reform controversial investment rules and procedures

Far from being a threat to European democracy, the EU-US free trade deal is an ideal opportunity to reform controversial investment rules and procedures

The EU and the United States are currently in the process of negotiating a free trade area, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Robert Basedow writes on criticism over the potential inclusion of ‘investor-state dispute settlement’ procedures in TTIP, which some commentators and academics have argued could undermine democracy on both sides of the Atlantic. He argues that […]

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    We need a deeper and more socially embedded kind of democracy based on active and engaged citizenship

We need a deeper and more socially embedded kind of democracy based on active and engaged citizenship

What is the problem with democracy? That is the question that Matthew Flinders seeks to answer at a forthcoming 8-minute TEDx talk. In seeking to answer the question, he argues that we may actually have too much democracy, in the sense that recent years have seen the creation of a kind of  damaging “hyper democracy” – defined as being individualised, neo-liberal […]

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    Young women face gender-specific challenges that limit their political participation

Young women face gender-specific challenges that limit their political participation

Young women aged 18-24 are likely less to take part in elections than their male counterparts. As part of Democratic Audit’s series on youth participation, Jacqui Briggs explores the reasons for this, showing how women face specific barriers because of their gender and are under-represented throughout the system. She argues that politicians need to address issues that affect women’s lives such […]

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    The European Union must have a closer link to national politics if it is to retain its legitimacy

The European Union must have a closer link to national politics if it is to retain its legitimacy

National governments are still involved in negotiations over nominating a candidate for the next President of the European Commission. Anand Menon writes that while much of this debate has focused on the merits of individual candidates such as Jean-Claude Juncker, the real issue is a structural one concerning the future of the European Parliament. He argues that, whichever candidate […]

June 21st, 2014|Europp, Featured|1 Comment|

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