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    Changing our political culture: how to make politics great (again)

Changing our political culture: how to make politics great (again)

Drawing on some of the factors that led to support for Brexit and Trump – outcomes many would have considered impossible a few months back –  Sylvia Merler and Giuseppe Porcaro offer their views on how politicians, voters, and institutions must redefine and rebuild politics.

If there’s just one sure thing about 2016 is that we will remember it for […]

How a referendum might actually support democracy

A fight has been raging since Brexit over whether the people’s will has expressed itself; and if it has, what did it say? Davina Cooper explores how a referendum might actually help to support a democracy

With Brexit now in the face of a high court judgment placing parliament very clearly before the royal prerogative, the right-wing media insist the people […]

Is the world turning against democracy?

Democracy is in decline – or so a growing consensus suggests. Paul Schuler sets out the evidence for claims that people are turning to autocratic alternatives, and asks whether they necessarily show a loss of faith in democracy. He proposes some alternative measures that could establish whether people are genuinely willing to trade freedom for a ‘solution’ to anxieties about immigration, […]

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    In a divided Britain, the pro-EU movement will have to be clear about what it wants

In a divided Britain, the pro-EU movement will have to be clear about what it wants

The Brexit vote has thrown different conceptions of democracy into sharp relief. Some are horrified at the conduct of the referendum campaign; others see the result as the revealed will of the people. Luke Temple uses tweets from the March for Europe event on the 3rd September to show how these views clash. He concludes that the pro-EU movement needs a clear aim if it’s to make […]

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    The EU referendum and some paradoxes of democratic legitimacy

The EU referendum and some paradoxes of democratic legitimacy

Referendums are potentially destabilising in parliamentary democracies because they generate alternative, competing sources of legitimacy, writes Nat le Roux. A majority of elected representatives may hold one view on a matter of national importance, and if a referendum demonstrates that a majority of the public hold the opposite view, which manifestation of democratic legitimacy should trump the other? 

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    Project Fear: How the negativity of the referendum campaigns undermine democracy

Project Fear: How the negativity of the referendum campaigns undermine democracy

The referendum debate is not living up to its democratic ideals. Both sides of the divide have focused heavily on negative, fear-based arguments to make their case, which prevent democratic engagement among the electorate. Charlotte Galpin shows how this negativity is inhibiting critical reflection and fostering cynicism. She also notes that the debate is non-inclusive, with an striking absence of […]

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    When should democracy be about consensus and when about conflict?

When should democracy be about consensus and when about conflict?

With the focus often being on party politics, elections, and individual policies, it’s easy to lose sight of the broader framework in which decision-making takes place. In looking at the democratic framework, a fundamental question arises: should democracy be about conflict – one’s values over another’s – or about consensus? George Vasilev explains that the two are not mutually […]

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    The Democratic Dashboard: A digital resource for engaging voters

The Democratic Dashboard: A digital resource for engaging voters

In March 2016, Democratic Dashboard 2.0 was launched, a web portal aimed at giving voters in the UK easily accessible information for the elections on May 5th. This was the culmination of several years of work and preparation by Democratic Audit UK, based in the LSE, seeking to engage voters in the increasingly active civic technology field. Carl Cullinane outlines […]

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