Posts Tagged ‘Democracy’

Referendums: asking for trouble?

Written by Ellen Halliday. Posted in Current features, Features

Brexit protesters

Whether one thinks that referenda are good or bad for Europe, they have certainly challenged the assumption that national electorates favour the European project. This articles talks with four experts recently at the for a Robert Schuman Centre workshop about the challenge referendums pose to the EU.

Feature image: Allsdare Hickson on Flickr (creative commons license)

The leaders we deserve

Written by Ellen Halliday. Posted in Current features, Features


Leaders in Brussels ‘are not looking at the 46.6% of Austrians who just voted for the Freedom Party or the fact that Marine Le Pen has consistently been the only French politician polling in the double digits,’ Woods warned. ‘If you are going to lead, you need to be right in the middle of a group, to mobilise them,’ she said. Yet the shock of Brexit and the anti-establishment, anti-immigration discourse which continues to dominate political news-cycles suggests that democrats are failing to connect with their electorates.

Feature image: Paul-Henri Spaak, an early leader and one of the ‘founding fathers’ of the European Union. Source: CreativeCommons (Bundesarchiv B 145 Bild-F004456-0010, Karlspreis Aachen, Verleihung an Paul-Henri Spaak.jpg)

The crisis of liberal democracy and what it means for the Global South

Written by Author. Posted in Current opinions, Opinions

Anchalee Rueland

Europe and the US have long held themselves as beacons for developing democracies around the world. […] But recent EU and US failures (immigration crises, border closings, racially-biased police violence, inequality, Brexit, etc.) are discouraging young democracies’ pursuit of liberal democratic institutions, and these developing countries are growing impatient with what they see as hypocritical preaching from the democratic ‘West’.
Anchalee Rueland is a Ph.D. candidate in SPS. She spent 8 months in Southeast Asia carrying out fieldwork on norm conflicts, and is currently writing a thesis entitled ‘Norms In Conflict: Non-interference vs Protection of Human Rights in Southeast Asia.’

The return of history

Written by Ellen Halliday. Posted in Current publications, Publications

In 1992, Francis Fukuyama famously claimed that end of the Cold War and demise of Communism meant the end of ideological dispute. Liberal democracy had triumphed, and history as we knew it had come to an end. A quarter of a century later, liberal democracy is in crisis around the world. In The Return of History SPS Professor of International Relations Jennifer Welsh explains how the unthinkable happened.

How a silent mobilization kept Scotland British

Written by Author. Posted in Current opinions, Opinions

Davide Morisi: “After one of the longest and most intense campaigns in British political history, the referendum for the independence of Scotland is now over. The final result confirms what almost every opinion polls had predicted over the last year, a clear majority for the pro-union side. Yet, in the very last weeks of the campaign everything seemed to change and for the first time the ‘impossible’ outcome of a ‘Yes’ victory became conceivable.”

Language and Democracy

Written by Mark Briggs. Posted in Profiles

Joseph Lacey is a researcher and Fulbright Scholar in the Department of Political and Social Science. His work explores democratic legitimacy in multilingual federal states and sits at the crossroads between democratic theory, EU studies and comparative politics