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American Dreamwork

But more than just attack the realm of politics, and so constrain the reach of popular power, she argues, neoliberalism denigrates the social, denying both the principle of equality and the vocabulary in which to demand it. In attacking both the political and the social, it elevates not just the market, but, especially for Hayek, a particular notion of traditional morality. On Hayek’s view, tradition had evolved to hold society together organically. With that organic traditionalism, he hoped...

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The populist citizen is a dissatisfied democrat, but a democrat nonetheless

Are populist attitudes compatible with the principles of democracy? Drawing on a new study, Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser and Steven M. Van Hauwaert explain there is evidence populist citizens across the world adhere to democracy as a political system, but are disgruntled with how the democratic regime functions in their own country. Rather than conceiving of those who support populist ideas as alienated authoritarians, they may be more accurately described as ‘dissatisfied democrats’. A recent...

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Gilets jaunes : 61 semaines après

Le manque de structure et de hiérarchie, qui a pu faire la force du mouvement à ses débuts, montre ses limites au fil du temps. Il est difficile de convertir un cri d’indignation en alternatives politiques plus tangibles. Le gouvernement a reculé sur certains sujets, mais l’agenda des réformes continue. Le RIC n’a jamais vu la lumière du jour. La popularité de Macron, qui a atteint son point le plus bas au début des manifestations, connaît une légère hausse, malgré la grève massive contre le...

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Understanding populism

Political identity is a group stereotype. As no camp corresponds exactly to our expectations, we choose the one to which we are closest and which is also the most distant from the ideas we reject By: Jean Pisani-Ferry Date: January 2, 2020 Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance How did Boris Johnson conquer the Midlands? What reason do American workers have for supporting Trump, whose policies favour the wealthy? How did Salvini, yesterday’s champion of northern...

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Revue de Presse: December 1

Share the post "Revue de Presse: December 1" The crisis of liberalism lies in its inability to explain modern phenomena, Katrina Forrester argues in The Guardian. Attempting to understand the turbulent politics of recent years, liberals often point to a decline in norms and civility. Meanwhile, their calls for a more civilized politics often lead to little but a shrinking voting base for liberal parties. For Forrester, what is needed today is less a “revival” of...

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Revue de Presse: November 3

Share the post "Revue de Presse: November 3" We’ve taken a break from this format for a few weeks, but we’re back with some of our favorite writing from the month of October. Going forward, we will be resuming the Revue de Presse every other week, which we hope will not only help provide a bit more distance from the day-to-day news cycle, but also give us more time to meet our new goal of doing the Revue in both English and French. So we’ll see you back in two weeks...

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Brexit, Tocqueville, and Popular Sovereignty

Share the post "Brexit, Tocqueville, and Popular Sovereignty" The 2016 Brexit referendum was called to decide a seemingly simple question: Should Britain remain part of the European Union, or leave it? Running on a memorable slogan, the Leave campaign argued that Britain should take back control over its laws and its fate by regaining sovereignty over its borders. Three years hence, the complex implications of this question, and of the tenuous answer delivered by the...

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Germany’s Divided Soul

Eastern Germans vote, think, and feel differently than western Germans do, as the results of the September 1 regional elections make clear. To help tackle the underlying economic causes of this divide, the federal government should introduce incentives to encourage foreign investment in the east of the country. By: Dalia Marin Date: September 13, 2019 Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance MUNICH – This November, Germany will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the fall of...

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Revue de Presse: Sept. 1

Share the post "Revue de Presse: Sept. 1" Boris Johnson’s decision to “prorogue” parliament has set off a fresh wave of Brexit controversy. In the TLS, Philip Salmon explains some notable historical examples of past prorogations. Salmon notes that even in the “pre-democratic” era, prorogation controversies often invited thorny debates over the people’s will: Is putting a “pause” on parliamentary activity legitimate if it’s sanctioned by a majority, or can minority...

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Do populist-leaning citizens support direct democracy?

Populist parties across Europe often support direct democracy, for example through frequent referendums. Do their voters support these initiatives too and why? Tina Freyburg, Robert Huber and Steffen Mohrenberg distinguish between citizens who support direct democracy as a way of giving power to ‘the people’ and those, known as stealth democrats, who do so out of scepticism that politicians can be effective. They find that both sets of attitudes independently are associated with support for...

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