Shadows in the Swiss Paradise

July 2016

Long a standout example of consensus-based politics, prosperous Switzerland has now become a mixed democracy with a good deal of polarization and uncertain prospects.

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The Medieval Roots of Democracy

June 2015

Europe in the Middle Ages was hardly democratic, but it did have law-based institutions that could and did stay the hands of kings, laying a crucial basis for future state-building and democracy-building alike.

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Comment on Møller: The Importance of Equality

June 2015

It is fine to acknowledge the importance of law-based rule to the eventual rise of modern democracy, but we must not overlook the even greater contribution of the idea of equality.

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Euroskepticism Arrives: Marginal No More

October 2014

The European Parliament elections of May 2014 were not an “earthquake,” but they did signal that Euroskeptic parties are drawing closer to the European political mainstream.

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Euroskepticism Arrives: The Missing Debate

October 2014
Disagreements over how much power should reside in Brussels must be allowed to become a normal aspect of debates about European affairs.
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