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  • 4 Dec 2023
    Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash

    The Flawed Foundations of the Electoral College

    Central to our concept of democracy is counting all votes equally. Who would support an election rule in which we add up all the votes and declare the person who came in second the winner?  But that is exactly what can—and does—occur under the electoral college.  In 1876, 1888, 2000, 2016, and, arguably, 1960, the […]

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  • 9 Mar 2020
    John B. Holbein, D. Sunshine Hillygus

    Why Many Young People Don’t Vote – And How to Fix That

    Voter turnout among young Americans has been dismal since 18-year-olds earned the right to vote with the passage of the 26th amendment in 1971. Even in 2018—a high water mark for youth voting—a full 7 in 10 voters failed to turn out. In most Presidential and Midterm elections it’s not uncommon to see older voters […]

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  • 13 Feb 2020
    Roderick P. Hart

    Bullies and the 2020 Election

    I don’t know who will win the 2020 presidential race, but I do know who will lose: the biggest bully on the block since Billy Franklin beat-up Joey Tarnower in the sixth-grade and ran-off with his lunch money.  The American people, I argue, are sick of political bullying and they’re going to put a stop […]

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  • 6 Feb 2018
    Olena Nikolayenko

    An Introduction to Youth Movements and Elections in Eastern Europe

    Eastern Europe has witnessed a remarkable rise of nonviolent youth movements in the early 2000s. The Serbian youtsh movement Otpor mobilized thousands of young people against the incumbent government and contributed to Slobodan Milosevic’s downfall in the wake of the 2000 elections. Within a few months of Milosevic’s electoral defeat, Belarusian youth activists set up […]

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  • 20 Nov 2017
    Dawn Brancati

    Why Democracy Protests Are Not Common Today

    In 2011, twenty-six democracy protests occurred in the world. Most arose in the Middle East and North Africa, but a few protests also took place this year in Asia, Europe, and Latin America. The 2011 protests suggested two things to onlookers: first, that protests arise in waves and spread across countries and second, that democracy […]

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  • 14 May 2012
    Gabriel Goodliffe

    The 2012 French Presidential Election: The Meaning of François Hollande’s Victory (or of Nicolas Sarkozy’s Defeat)

    In the end, it wasn’t enough. Despite closing the substantial lead enjoyed by his rival on the morrow of the first round of the French presidential election, Nicolas Sarkozy was still defeated by François Hollande by over three percentage points (48.47% vs. 51.63%) in the second round run-off. As such, Sarkozy is the first incumbent president to fail in his bid for reelection since 1981 while Hollande becomes the first Socialist to win the presidency since 1988.

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  • 2 May 2012
    Gabriel Goodliffe

    Analyzing the First Round of the French Presidential Election: The Anger of France’s Losers of Globalization

    On the face of it, the first round of the French 2012 presidential elections went according to script. The Socialist candidate François Hollande—who came first with 28.6% of the vote—will square off, as predicted, against Nicolas Sarkozy, the candidate of the Right who garnered 27.2% of the vote, in the second round run-off on May 6. However, beyond this widely anticipated run-off, the first round results confounded the pundits’ expectations in two important respects.

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  • 27 Jul 2010

    How to Help the Congo Toward Democracy

    Will democratic elections aid Congo in quest for a pathway to peace? Author Séverine Autesserre blames the failure of peace-building in Congo on the national-level “election fetish” of international aid culture and says security problems are mainly local and need to be solved by corralling spoilers, strengthening local capacity, and setting up working legal institutions […]

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