Posts

Showing posts with the label direct democracy

The End of “End of History” and the Arrival of Casino Democracy

Image
A year ago, on the eve of the Brexit vote, many went to bed confident that the referendum was one big showoff event for those who held a deep-rooted, but utterly misplaced, contempt for the political, social, and economic consequences for the UK’s membership in the EU. They expected that at the end of the day sanity would prevail. Their complacency did them in! Then in November, many went to bed in the US, believing that what happened in the UK half a year before was a unique event, Donald Trump's candidacy for the presidency was a joke, and he had virtually no chance of prevailing. Complacent again.  If voters - and more importantly, those among them complacent enough to believe that democracy would take care of itself without a robust get-out-the-vote effort - knew then what they know now, they certainly would have gone to the polls. But they didn’t. Instead, they bet on pollsters’ predictions. Their forecasts could not have been more wrong. In the Brexit refere

How a Second Brexit Referendum Would Kill the EU

Image
How a Second Brexit Referendum Would Kill the EU COMMENTARY  by    Liubomir K. Topaloff   JULY 3, 2016, 7:00 AM EDT E-mail   Tweet   Facebook   Linkedin Share icons EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (L) and EU Council President Donald Tusk (R) talk prior to give a press conference during a EU Summit meeting at the EU headquarters in Brussels on June 29, 2016.  Photograph by John Thys — AFP via Getty Images Even if the “leave” campaign won with just one vote, the results should still stand. Liubomir K. Topaloff is an associate professor of political science at the School of Political Science and Economics at Meiji University. The Brexit referendum results provoked an unprecedented upheaval. Within hours last Friday, a  petition  to the British Parliament called for a second referendum, and in just a week, over 4 million people have signed it, raising the hopes that not all is lost for the “remain” campaign. According to U.K. law, any petit