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The future of democracy: is there ground for optimism?

In what is often described as a post-political and post-truth world, is it worth being positive about democracy’s future? Is there even anything new to say about democracy altogether? Inspired by a new book on the crises of American democracy, Matthew Flinders takes a broader view and explains the book’s relevance and reach.

It is a brave scholar who dares […]

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    Whataboutery: when trauma trumps politics in conflictual societies

Whataboutery: when trauma trumps politics in conflictual societies

In conflictual societies, trauma often does more than inform politics, write Adrian Little and Juliet Rogers. Focusing on examples from Northern Ireland, Australia, and South Africa they explain how the symptoms of trauma become the symptoms of policy.

In 2013 we presented a paper at Queens University Belfast, on the problem of trauma informing – and often overtaking – political […]

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    What do we mean by the “political class” – and are they all the same?

What do we mean by the “political class” – and are they all the same?

Popular debates focus on the political class, usually its alleged careerism and self-interest. Drawing on his research on the personality side of politics, James Weinberg deconstructs the term “political class” and presents some of his findings on the personal values of those who make it up.

The political class, as a derogative term to denote certain people and as a […]

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    Giving civil society a boost: a progressive path to the ‘shared society’

Giving civil society a boost: a progressive path to the ‘shared society’

Earlier this year, the Prime Minister spoke about her ‘shared society’ vision. But a slogan itself will not shift us closer to a genuinely progressive civil society. Dan Corry and Gerry Stoker set out a programme of reform and explain how it could really change the way British society works.

A decade of austerity has driven cuts to public services […]

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    Data-led politics: do analytics have the power that we are led to believe?

Data-led politics: do analytics have the power that we are led to believe?

Reports of the powerful role of data analytics in political campaigning paint a picture of a new type of knowledge that enables people to be analysed, targeted and influenced. The images are of a kind of analytics that can perfectly predict and shape behaviour. But it is not just the data analytics that are reshaping the exercise of political […]

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    Answering the age-old question: what does democracy mean to those who protest for it?

Answering the age-old question: what does democracy mean to those who protest for it?

There has long been a debate about democracy as a form of governance and whether it is in decline – Brexit and Trump have only exacerbated it. Drawing on research in four capital cities, Armine Ishkanian explains how activists view democracy. She explains why these committed and engaged citizens reject representative democracy, and the internal struggles of organisation within […]

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    British politics in the Age of Uncertainty: the link between old, new, and anti-politics

British politics in the Age of Uncertainty: the link between old, new, and anti-politics

Party leaders – from Tony Blair to David Cameron – have promised a new way of doing politics when campaigning for election, yet failed to deliver on such commitments when elected. Dave Richards writes that there is a link between such calls and the rising climate of anti-politics, yet there is no sign that the Westminster bubble will burst […]

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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