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What to read in the age of Trump

What to read in the age of Trump

We need to think about democracy – now more than ever. As Donald Trump becomes the 45th President of the United States, Democratic Audit asked Brian Klaas, Russell Dalton, Cas Mudde and Meg Russell what texts they are turning to in order to understand and learn from the Trump phenomenon. This post is a work in progress […]

They had a dream. Now Trump will scrub the melting pot clean

They had a dream. Now Trump will scrub the melting pot clean

On 20 January, Donald Trump will become the 45th President of the United States. His victory is a definitive break with the vision of America that has prevailed for the past century: a land open to migrants and capable of assimilating different cultures and ethnicities, says Takis S Pappas. The great melting-pot is about to […]

It’s even worse than North Carolina: American elections rank last among all Western democracies

It’s even worse than North Carolina: American elections rank last among all Western democracies

In recent weeks, the claim that North Carolina could no longer be classified as a democracy has sparked significant debate. Pippa Norris, director of the Electoral Integrity Project, explains how perceptions of electoral integrity in 50 US states and worldwide were assessed by political scientists. She also presents independent evidence from V-Dem which confirms EIP’s claim that, […]

Multiculturalism is unpopular with the majority – even though it makes for happier societies

Multiculturalism is unpopular with the majority – even though it makes for happier societies

How do people feel about multicultural policies? Ethnic majorities tend to resent them, and feel less safe in societies with a number of affirmative and rights-based policies, write Pamela Irving Jackson and Peter Doerschler. As a result, governments have come under pressure to ensure policies that tackle inequality benefit everyone. Yet both ethnic majorities and minorities declare […]

Book Review | Culture, Economy and Politics: The Case of New Labour by David Hesmondhalgh et al

Book Review | Culture, Economy and Politics: The Case of New Labour by David Hesmondhalgh et al

In Culture, Economy and Politics: The Case of New Labour, David Hesmondhalgh, Kate Oakley, David Lee and Melissa Nisbett focus on the emergence of cultural policy as a key concern under the Labour party between 1997 and 2010. Drawing upon interviews with key figures, this is a valuable, even-handed book that is recommended reading for […]

The Kremlin doesn’t promote autocracy – it simply trolls whomever it dislikes

The Kremlin doesn’t promote autocracy – it simply trolls whomever it dislikes

Russia is often accused of undermining democracy, particularly in former Soviet states. The recent reports of Russian-sponsored hacking in the US have led some to go further and claim it is actively promoting autocracy. But Nelli Babayan argues that Vladimir Putin’s chief aim is to demonstrate Russia’s strength – and probably to undermine US and […]

How neoliberalism prepared the way for Donald Trump, by Zygmunt Bauman

How neoliberalism prepared the way for Donald Trump, by Zygmunt Bauman

The eminent Polish sociologist Zygmunt Bauman died on 9 January, less than two weeks before Donald Trump’s inauguration. In this piece, he blames neoliberalism for abandoning the principle of equality in pursuit of freedom – and argues that Trump’s victory is the inevitable result of a popular craving for a ‘decisionist’ leader who will overturn the […]

May cuts Whitehall spads but keeps her own as she consolidates power in No 10

May cuts Whitehall spads but keeps her own as she consolidates power in No 10

When she came to power, Theresa May announced she would cap the salaries of special advisers (spads) – leading to warnings that it would be difficult to recruit good candidates. Their numbers have fallen from 95 to 83 since the Cameron era, but almost all have gone from departments rather than No 10. Ben Yong and […]

Repression, terrorism and fear: Erdoğan’s Turkey heads for the brink

Repression, terrorism and fear: Erdoğan’s Turkey heads for the brink

Turkey is in trouble. The failed coup last July gave President Erdoğan further excuse to crack down on opposition parties, the media and academia. Tahir Abbas, who left the country ten days before the abortive putsch, looks at how a country regarded as the great hope of the Muslim world came to be governed by an […]

If your parents didn’t vote, chances are you won’t either – unless you move up the social ladder

If your parents didn’t vote, chances are you won’t either – unless you move up the social ladder

 You are less likely to vote if your parents didn’t go to the polls. But new research by Hannu Lahtinen, Heikki Hiilamo and Hanna Wass suggest this effect is at least partly overcome if you move up the social ladder yourself. The more social mobility a society can achieve, the smaller the gaps in turnout between […]

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