Tag Archives: democracy

From Devolution to Brexit: Lessons from the Citizens’ Assembly Experiments in the UK

By Prof. Graham Smith, Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster. Over two weekends in September 2017, the Citizens’ Assembly on Brexit brought together 50 randomly selected citizens who reflected the diversity of the UK electorate. The Assembly … Continue reading

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From George W Bush to Donald Trump: The Exceptional Resilience of Democracy Promotion in US Political Discourse

John Ikenberry recently wrote: “the relationship between American grand strategy, democracy promotion and international security has been debated with great intensity ever since the unexpected collapse of Soviet power between 1989 and 1991.” According to Ikenberry, this is “a debate … Continue reading

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Inaugural SPIRe Seminar: Dr. Caroline McEvoy (UCD)

For this week’s SPIRe seminar will have Dr. Caroline McEvoy (UCD) introducing her new project entitled: Representative, Deliberative or Stealth Democrats: Exploring the Congruence Gap  between Citizens’ Conceptions of Democracy and the Democratic Experience in Europe.  The seminar takes place in Room G316 Arts (Newman Building) from 12-2pm today, Thursday 10/09/2015. The abstract for the … Continue reading

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SPIRe Irish Times articles

No better time than Summer Term to look back and reflect on the events of the past year.  Below is a selection of articles with a middle-eastern focus written by SPIRe’s Dr. Vincent Durac, and published in the Irish Times  between December 2014 and … Continue reading

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Coming soon: SPIRe one-day workshop on Leadership and Democracy

SPIRe one-day workshop on Leadership and Democracy Monday 8th June 2015, 10:00-17:30 Speakers: Richard Bellamy  (UCL/EUI), Cara Nine (UCC), John WIlliam Devine (KCL) and David Archard (QUB)  What are the ethical challenges of leadership in a modern democracy? Is political leadership inherently … Continue reading

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New paper on the state of our system of representative democracy

The latest issue of West European Politics is dedicated to the late Peter Mair, including a paper by SPIRe’s David Farrell. This paper addresses Mair’s lament about the state of party politics and the future of representative politics itself. Farrell’s … Continue reading

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