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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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Is populism about more than discontent?

The success of populist parties is often viewed as an act of protest against ‘the establishment’. Drawing on new research, Bram Geurkink, Andrej Zaslove, Roderick Sluiter and Kristof Jacobs illustrate that this may not always be the case. Voters for populist parties are not just protest voters: when they have the opportunity, they vote for an alternative. Populist parties are ever more popular: over the last two decades they have more than tripled their vote share in Europe. This has been...

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Popular populists: Do anti-establishment voters stick with populist parties after they enter the mainstream?

Self-proclaimed populist challengers to the ‘establishment’ have taken hold in many European countries, but what lies behind the success of these parties? Werner Krause and Aiko Wagner show the reasons for voting for populist parties vary systematically with the degree of establishment of these parties. If citizens distrust national parliaments and believe the political mainstream is not responsive to their interests, then they may be more likely to support new populist parties. But...

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Revue de Presse: August 4

Share the post "Revue de Presse: August 4" Welcome to Tocqueville 21’s weekly revue de presse—now appearing on Sundays—where we recap some of the most thought-provoking articles we’ve seen on democracy and politics in France, the US, and beyond. As always, the articles we relay here do not necessarily reflect the views of the editors and interns that put this list together, just what we think is worth reading. In Dissent’s latest issue, devoted to the question, “What...

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Revue de Presse: July 20

Share the post "Revue de Presse: July 20" Welcome to Tocqueville 21’s weekly revue de presse, where we recap some of the most thought-provoking articles we’ve seen on democracy and politics in France, the US, and beyond. As always, the articles we relay here do not necessarily reflect the views of the editors and interns that put this list together, just what we think is worth reading. Three months after the astonishing Notre Dame fire, the New York Times published a...

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Revue de Presse: July 13

Share the post "Revue de Presse: July 13" Welcome to Tocqueville 21’s weekly revue de presse, where we re-cap some of the most thought-provoking articles we’ve seen on democracy and politics in France, the US, and beyond. As always, the articles we relay here do not necessarily reflect the views of the editors and interns that put this list together, just what we think is worth reading. In The Nation, Rosemarie Ho notes that the Democratic Party has been reticent to...

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The Religion Card: Islamophobia and Political Islam in Asian Democracies

Share the post "The Religion Card: Islamophobia and Political Islam in Asian Democracies" This is a student post, in collaboration with the University of Chicago’s Democracy Initiative. Over the past few weeks, two of the world’s largest democracies, India and Indonesia, both held general elections. As millions of voters headed to the ballot box, however, political observers began to see serious warning signs of democratic erosion in the two countries. In India,...

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