Democratic politics in the EU

This video presents a framework for thinking about democratic politics in the EU. The first thing to note is that at the national level, parties and elections operate hand in hand in the so-called competitive party government model. Elections are the central mechanisms of representative democracy. It operates in two ways. First, elections allow voters […]

The man who rigged America’s election maps

But in North Carolina, the election results were really weird. These squares represent all the voters in North Carolina. They were voting for these 13 seats in Congress. About half voted for Republicans. And about 48 percent voted for Democrats. So you might think, of the 13 Congressional seats, maybe Democrats would’ve won 6 seats, […]

WHY ELECTIONS ARE BAD FOR DEMOCRACY

Most of us believe that if you hold elections, you automatically get democracy. But is this true? History shows that elections do not always create democracies. They can even bring dictators to power. For 3,000 years, humans have been experimenting with democracy. But elections only entered the game some 200 years ago, with the American […]

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