Tories vs GOP

Groningen, a.d. IV Kal. Nov. MMDCCLXXI A.U.C., As I described in my last post, it is quite common for conservative parties to draw away attention from poverty and inequality, and instead to focus on issues such as family values, public decency, jingoism, safety or migration. I also argued that the Conservatives in the UK are... Continue Reading →


Brexit Schizophrenia

Amsterdam, a.d. III Id. Oct. MMDCCLXXI A.U.C., The Conservative party in the UK runs a serious risk of splitting into two different parties. While combining populism with an economically right-wing programme has a long pedigree, the situation the Conservative party finds itself in is more fraught with risk than that. Having been the party of free trade... Continue Reading →

Politieke concurrentie en integriteit in lokaal bestuur

Groningen, prid. Kal. Maias MMDCCLXXI A.U.C., Veel voorstellen om de integriteit in de gemeentelijke politiek te bewaken zijn gebaseerd op een klassieke vorm van regulering: overzicht binnen een hiërarchische structuur. Een, al dan niet verkozen, hogere overheidslaag of vertegenwoordiger daarvan (burgemeesters, de Minister van BZK, Comissarisen van de Koning, of de AIVD) moet direct kunnen ingrijpen... Continue Reading →

Why We Need Larger Legislatures

Leiden, a.d. V Id. Aug. MMDCCLXIX A.U.C., A basic principle in constitutional design has long been separation of power, the idea that by introducing checks and balances in the political system no single actor or group can take over the country. As James Madison put it: "Ambition must be made to counteract ambition." While there are... Continue Reading →

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