With the fall of communism in 1989, the countries of East-Central Europe were faced with the complicated process of transitioning to democracy. In Hungary, a loosening of social control led to increased media independence in the final years of communism. However, maintaining this independence was difficult in addition to dealing with the other challenges of creating a democratic governmental system.Read More
There is plenty that is exceptional about the 2016 election—Donald Trump is the first individual elected president without having served in the military or government, Hillary Clinton and Trump were the least popular nominees in history, and there was notably high turnout. However, there is nothing particularly exceptional about the outcome of the election.
By evaluating the electoral process and franchise debates surrounding recent referendums, the effects and consequences of enfranchisement can be better understood and synthesized against the whole of British political history.Read More
Though parties play an essential organizational role that assists in voter information, the current two-party system characterized by polarization, gridlock, and divisive rhetoric limits the capacity for productive deliberation and representation.Read More
The conflict of diverse representativeness in Parliament plays out in a series of balancing acts between descriptive and substantive representation, demographic accuracy and party supremacy, and actual and perceived success. By looking at the history of quota programs in the UK Parliament, this paper will attempt to evaluate the successfulness of these programs to determine the extent to which representativeness actually matters.Read More
The livelihoods of workers in the global production system depend on inherently precarious global socioeconomic policy. Knowles’ descriptions of precarity trend towards the individual examples of poverty or fear of future instability, but to gain a complete picture of how precarity is in fact built in to the global production system, it is necessary to consider the larger forces at work.Read More