Constitutional Law (Books and Journals)
- Political Insight From Nbr. 1-1, April 2010 to Nbr. 12-2, June 2021
- Political Studies From Nbr. 1-1, February 1953 to Nbr. 69-3, August 2021
- Political Studies Review From Nbr. 1-1, January 2003 to Nbr. 19-3, August 2021
- Politics From Nbr. 1-1, April 1981 to Nbr. 41-3, August 2021
- Teaching Public Administration From Nbr. 1-3, March 1977 to Nbr. 39-2, July 2021
- The Modern Law Review From Nbr. 1-1, June 1937 to Nbr. 81-3, May 2018 Wiley, 2021
- Bringing Justice Home. The Road to Final Appellate and Regional Court Establishment by: Commonwealth Secretariat, 2008
- Corrigendum: Child-rearing With Minimal Domination: A Republican Account
- Commissioned Book Review: Benjamin Biard, Laurent Bernhard and Hans-Georg Betz (eds), Do They Make a Difference? The Policy Influence of Radical Right Populist Parties in Western Europe
- Commissioned Book Review: Jenny Pearce, Politics Without Violence? Towards a Post-Weberian Enlightenment
Support for Liberal Democracy and Populist Attitudes: A Pilot Survey for Young Educated Citizens
At the theoretical level, even if populism and democracy are not necessarily antithetical, the former challenges the liberal component of democracy, advocating for the majority rule and putting under stress the principles of the rule of law. To test the relationship between liberal democracy and populism, we created four new questions that measure the support for liberal democracy conceived as a...
Between Utopianism and Realism: The Limits of Partisanship as an Academic Methodology
Taking debates about democracy in the EU as an example, Fabio Wolkenstein proposes that normative theorists should adopt a ‘partisan’ approach that engages with ‘formative agents’ to advocate for transformative political and societal change, such as the creation of a transnational democracy at the EU level. He criticises those he calls ‘democratic intergovernmentalists’ for adopting a ‘first...
- Commissioned Book Review: Boaventura de Sousa Santos and Maria Paula Meneses, Knowledges Born in the Struggle: Constructing the Epistemologies of the Global South
Connecting Contextual and Individual Drivers of Anti-Americanism in Arab Countries
Existing studies propose that anti-Americanism in the Arab region is fueled by American interventions, citizens’ religion, and relative deprivation. However, these three have not been addressed simultaneously or integrated into one framework. This study does so by developing and testing a context-dependent framework. Empirically, we apply multilevel regression to 32 Global Attitudes Project and 34
Undermining a Rival Party’s Issue Competence through Negative Campaigning: Experimental Evidence from the USA, Denmark, and Australia
Much party communication encourages voters to lower issue-related evaluations of rival parties. Yet, studies of such influence are rare. Drawing on research on political parties’ negative campaigning, this article starts to fill this gap. We triangulate evidence from four survey experiments across six issues in Denmark, the US, and Australia, and show that a party’s negative campaigning decreases
‘A Life of Their Own’? Traditions, Power and ‘As If Realism’ in Political Analysis
This article explores the role of tradition in the social world and offers a theory of why some traditions ‘stick’. Building on the ontological insight of ‘as if realism’, I argue that traditions are constitutive both of an actor’s beliefs and of their institutional context, and so critical to political analysis. The relative resonance of traditions can be understood as contingent upon power...
- Commissioned Book Review: Jonathan Fox, Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods before Me: Why Governments Discriminate Against Religious Minorities
Decolonising the political theory curriculum
Recent calls to ‘decolonise the curriculum’ are especially pertinent to the teaching of political theory, which has traditionally been dominated by a canon made up overwhelmingly of White (and male) thinkers. This article explores why and how political theory curricula might be decolonised. By mapping core political theory modules provided at UK universities, and examining associated textbooks,...
- Commissioned Book Review: Katrina Forrester, In the Shadow of Justice: Postwar Liberalism and the Remaking of Political Philosophy
Rethinking Identity in Political Science
Political science engages similar types of identity on different terms. There are extensive literatures describing phenomena related to national, ethnic, class, and gender identity; however, these literatures in isolation give us little insight into broader political mechanics of identity itself. Furthermore, many of the theoretical approaches to identity in political science tend to proceed from
The Electoral Connection Revisited: Introduction to the Special Issue
Introduction to a symposium: ‘The electoral connection revisited: personal vote-seeking efforts’
Do Populist Parties Increase Voter Turnout? Evidence From Over 40 Years of Electoral History in 31 European Democracies
While some consider populist parties to be a threat to liberal democracy, others have argued that populist parties may positively affect the quality of democracy by increasing political participation of citizens. This supposition, however, has hitherto not been subjected to rigorous empirical tests. The voter turnout literature, moreover, has primarily focused on stable institutional and party...
Shaping Public Opinion about Regional Integration: The Rhetoric of Justification and Party Cues
The article investigates how justifications used by politicians to explain their positions on policies of regional integration shape public opinion about these policies. I argue that support for a policy position increases when politicians tailor their justifications to the expectations of their audience, and I suggest that this happens even when party cues offer a less effortful way of forming...
Let it float: Inflation and states’ priority on monetary independence over exchange rate stability
Monetary policy autonomy and exchange rate stability are desirable macroeconomic policies that cannot be attained jointly under internationally mobile capital. In this article, I explore what happens to state choices between the two policies when a key domestic economic challenge rises. Among many factors, increasing inflation directly affects citizens’ daily lives through rising living costs and
- Book Review: Mubashar Hasan, Islam and Politics in Bangladesh: The Followers of Ummah
Second-Order Political Thinking: Compromise versus Populism
The literature often mentions that populism is in conflict with the politics of compromise. However, the opposition remains vague and undertheorized. This article confronts populism and compromise in a novel way by analyzing them as types of second-order political thinking and ideologies of democracy. Second-order political thinking provides a set of ideas and concepts that frames and regulates...
Parliamentary Communication Allowances: Good for Nothing?
In many countries, members of parliament receive publicly funded allowances to communicate with the electorate. Some hope that ensuing parliamentary communication engages the people with politics and increases electoral participation. Others worry that such use of public funds might create an unfair advantage for incumbents and affect electoral results. Yet, the consequences of this practice...
- Book Review: Ben Wellings and Andrew Mycock, The Anglosphere: Continuity, Dissonance and Location
- Commissioned Book Review: Mujibur Rehman (ed.), The Rise of Saffron Power
Diversity and Perceptions of Immigration: How the Past Influences the Present
The question of whether high immigration produces anti-immigration hostility has vexed researchers across multiple disciplines for decades. And yet, understanding this relationship is crucial for countries dependant on immigrant labour but concerned about its impact on social cohesion. Absent from most of this research are theories about the impact of early-years socialisation conditions on...
Seeing the Other Side? Perspective-Taking and Reflective Political Judgements in Interpersonal Deliberation
A healthy democracy needs citizens to make reflective political judgements. Sceptics argue that reflective opinions are either nonexistent or rare. Proponents of deliberative democracy suggest that democratic deliberation is capable of prompting reflective political reasoning among people. Yet, little is known about the mechanisms underlying this relationship. This article offers a bridge between
The Dark Side of Politics: Participation and the Dark Triad
Personality traits are one piece in the larger puzzle of political participation, but most studies focus on the Five-Factor Model of personality. We argue that the normative implications of the influence of personality on politics are increased when the personality traits being studied correlate with negative social behaviors. We investigate the role of the Dark Triad on political participation...
Personalised Representation in a Weak and Party-Controlled Legislature: Policy Responsiveness in the French Parliament
There is growing interest in personal representation and policy responsiveness in the European literature. The current scholarship mainly focuses on strong legislatures. This article aims to contribute to the discussion about policy responsiveness by investigating the least likely case, France. It asks whether French MPs engage in policy responsiveness, and if they do, how responsiveness...
When You Win, Nothing Hurts: The Durability of Electoral Salience on Individuals’ Satisfaction with Democracy
There is a substantial literature on the impact of having voting for an electorally victorious party on individual voters’ satisfaction with democracy. Yet, there have been few evaluations as to temporally salient are elections to the satisfaction levels for those who voted for a “winning” party and those who voted for a “losing” party. Using rounds 1–8 of the European Social Surveys, I find...
Estimating the Effect of Competitiveness on Turnout across Regime Types
Electoral turnout as an indicator of political participation, political equality and, thus, democratic performance is one of the most important variables in the study of elections. While numerous studies have contributed to the explanation of electoral turnout, the picture is still incomplete. Notably, a variable which pertains to the core of elections, the competitiveness of electoral races, is...
EU peacebuilding’s new khaki: Exceptionalist militarism in the trading of good governed for military-capable states
This article explores how European Union (EU) peacebuilding is being reconfigured. Whereas the EU was once a bulwark of liberal peacebuilding, promoting a rule of law–based international order, it is now downplaying the goal of good governance and placing military capacity as central for international peace and security. Several works have analysed these changes but have not theorised militarism,
- Book Review: Benjamin Bricker, Visions of Judicial Review: A Comparative Examination of Courts and Policy in Democracies