In order to foster a shared appreciation of the EU’s historical role, better public discourse and education are required

In order to foster a shared appreciation of the EU’s historical role, better public discourse and education are required

The European Union, and its forerunner organisations, have never achieved popularity in the UK, and even in Europe there are signs that public opinion may be turning against it. Nils Röper argues that in order to foster a shared appreciation of the EU’s history, and its role in uniting a divided and war-torn continent, a […]

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Conflicting objectives, neglected relationships, and authoritarian backlash: the crisis of EU democracy promotion

Conflicting objectives, neglected relationships, and authoritarian backlash: the crisis of EU democracy promotion

Democracy promotion is an integral component of European foreign policy. However, European democracy promotion is less effective than assumed and hoped for. Sonja Grimm offers four explanations: (1) the absence of a consensus among democracy promoters about policy objectives, and the interference of hidden agendas, (2) the neglect of rational interests of domestic actors, (3) […]

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Is David Cameron actually seeking to destroy the Lords?

Is David Cameron actually seeking to destroy the Lords?

 Yesterday’s new peerage appointments attracted almost universal criticism for further adding to the inexorable growth in size of the House of Lords under David Cameron. But could the gradual erosion of the Lords’ reputation actually benefit the government by weakening parliament? Might it even be a deliberate plan? And – given that the Prime Minister […]

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Evidence from Belgium shows that gender quotas do not necessarily eliminate voter bias against women candidates

Evidence from Belgium shows that gender quotas do not necessarily eliminate voter bias against women candidates

To what extent do electoral gender quotas change voters’ preference for male or female political candidates? Silvia Erzeel and Didier Caluwaerts examine the electoral evidence from Belgium, a country that has progressively adopted gender quota laws since the mid-1990s. They show that although the largest group of Belgian voters now vote for both male and […]

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Hungary’s ‘Milla’ movement shows that social media driven protest movements only succeed when they connect meaningfully with civil society

Hungary’s ‘Milla’ movement shows that social media driven protest movements only succeed when they connect meaningfully with civil society

The Hungarian Government, led by the Prime Minister Vicktor Orban has made waves for its authoritarian tendencies and stated ambition to create an ‘illiberal’ democracy. In response to the government’s censorship of the press, a protest group named Milla emerged, which had some success in organising campaigns against the government’s more nefarious tendencies. However, in […]

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Book Review: Islamic Political Thought: An Introduction

Book Review: Islamic Political Thought: An Introduction

This volume covers central themes of Islamic thinking such as the caliphate, Shari’a, the life of Muhammad, jihad, and the Qu’ran. Islamic Political Thought: An Introduction addresses how modernity, minorities, and women’s rights relate to the Islamic intellectual tradition, writes Ed Jones, who finds this book to be mandatory reading for anyone hoping to understand the core themes behind […]

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The Constitutional Standards of the House of Lords’ Constitution Committee: A valuable tool for enhancing scrutiny

The Constitutional Standards of the House of Lords’ Constitution Committee: A valuable tool for enhancing scrutiny

To mark the launch of the second edition of The Constitutional Standards of the House of Lords Constitution Committee, Jack Simson Caird considers the role that a set of constitutional standards could play in the current government. Drawing on the example of English votes for English laws, he argues that such a code would increase […]

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Jeremy Corbyn’s ‘women only carriages’ proposal shows an alarming lack of understanding of the real causes of harassment

Jeremy Corbyn’s ‘women only carriages’ proposal shows an alarming lack of understanding of the real causes of harassment

Jeremy Corbyn’s consideration of female-only carriages in public transport shows an ignorance of the causes of sexual harassment and what it may take to solve the issue, argues Paula Zoido-Oses. Similar PostsThe Labour leadership election is Britain’s first ever prime ministerial primaryA victory for Jeremy Corbyn in the Labour leadership race could bring about a realignment of British […]

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Interview: Shauneen Furlong on the challenges inherent in making the transition to digital government

Interview: Shauneen Furlong on the challenges inherent in making the transition to digital government

Shauneen Furlong was one of the guiding lights of Canada’s transition from paper-based to online government. At the 2015 CeDem conference, she spoke to Democratic Audit’s Sean Kippin. In part one of this two part interview, she discussed the rationale behind the change, and the challenges she faced along the way. Similar PostsInterview: Peter Parycek […]

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The Labour leadership election is Britain’s first ever prime ministerial primary

The Labour leadership election is Britain’s first ever prime ministerial primary

Win or lose, Corbyn’s success adds credence to the conclusion that Britain is in the midst of its first prime ministerial primary, writes Josh Cowls. The most significant factor for this is Labour’s new voting system and its lower barriers to membership. These changes have blurred the lines between party membership and the American system […]

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