The popular term electoral autocracy is one of these cat-dog concepts. It treats different ‘hybrid’ autocracies as if they were the same because they hold multiparty elections but fail to guarantee minimum ‘democratic standards’.
Unfalsifiable statements are not scientific because they are imprecise and can never be proven false.
Simon Schunz argues that an alternative solution lies in understanding this crisis as a catalyst for Europe’s socio-ecological transition
According to Anna Drake, if we want meaningful narratives to emerge, we must confront foundational challenges to democracy and centre these in our analysis
Conservative voters react against feminist mobilisations when they are prominent in public debate, becoming less supportive of gender equality.
The US Supreme Court recently overturned the federal right to abortion, leaving many open questions about the future of abortion policy in the US and around the globe.
Recent European elections have revealed that voters are increasingly polarised on environmental protectionism.
Most people hold deep-seated misperceptions about immigration, painting its nature, effects, and governance in excessively dark colours.
Our paradigm shift is to step back behind the institutional perspective and ask: what purpose do these institutions serve?
Is having all these meanings a feature or a bug?
More than 15 million people worldwide live without nationality, and an even larger number of people live undocumented
The war has also allowed richer democracies to renege on their climate change policy targets.
Present-day assaults on democratic institutions are real.
Can policymakers expect people to comply with official health restrictions out of fear rather than because they trust the government? Ben Seyd suggests the answer is no. Governments still need trust to motivate citizens to comply with important collective rules.
Today, our ability to imagine democratic futures is diluted, and narrow perspectives on democracy are presented as universal. Such a state of affairs, argues Pablo Ouziel, calls for a conversation among democratic traditions that emphasises diversity and reciprocity.
The study of regime types, Hager Ali argues, is imbalanced. Theories and concepts of democracy have received attention for decades. But amid the resurgence of autocracies, scholars of authoritarianism still do not have the luxury of nuanced typologies to dissect the broad spectrum of non-democratic regimes.