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From Ukraine’s EU Membership to Leisure Time and Oligarchs

Read the latest publications by the Review of Democracy, our online journal.

Immediate EU Membership for Ukraine?

Rule of Law section editor Oliver Garner converses with Professor Dimitry Kochenov as they consider the feasibility of immediate EU accession for Ukraine.

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Conservatism Has Little To Do With Populism

In this discussion with Laetitia Strauch-Bonart hosted by RevDem Editor Michał Matlak, they discuss French President Emmanuel Macron’s ideology; the differences between conservatives and populists; her thoughts on Brexit and Frexit, and more.

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Interrogating the Fantasy and Impact of Displacement

Lorenzo Veracini reflects on key ideas in his new intellectual history of settler colonialism The World Turned Inside Out in this interview by Ferenc Laczo.

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Local Oil, Global Finance, and Democracies Without Citizen-creditors

In conversation with Vera Šćepanović, Helen Thompson explains how concentrating on energy can reshape our understanding of contemporary history, political economy, and transnational finance; discusses how international relations are simultaneously shaped by zero-sum attitudes and tacit cooperation, and more.

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Digital Constitutionalism and Democratic Participation

With the EU moving forward with the new Digital Services Act, in this episode of the RevDem Rule of Law podcast, assistant editor Alexander Lazović talks with Moritz Schramm about the connections between digital constitutionalism, the Rule of Law, the role of court-like settlement bodies, and democratic participation in the digital sphere.

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Realist Thought Between Empire-building and Restraint

In this conversation with RevDem editor Ferenc Laczó, Matthew Specter discusses key concepts and tropes in the language of realism; the comparisons across the Atlantic that have defined the realist tradition over the generations; the broad appeal of this manner of thinking despite its notable intellectual weaknesses; and the more normative elements of his critique.

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Citizens’ Assemblies and the International Response on Climate Displacement

In this op-ed, Magdalena Smieszek explains how citizens’ assemblies on the national level promote inclusive discourse because of their bottom-up approach; the variety of transnational and global citizens’ assemblies focused on climate change; and what impact these assemblies might have on climate change action.

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Sarah Shortall on the Counter-politics of Theology

RevDem assistant editor Vilius Kubekas interviews Sarah Shortall and they discuss the history of the nouvelle théologie movement in France and bring into focus the political dimension of theology.

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Can They Ever Win? The Past and Future Prospects for an Opposition Victory in Hungary’s Competitive Authoritarian Regime

By analyzing the recent parliamentary elections, the authors attempt to answer a key question for Hungary and Europe: can Viktor Orbán and his ruling party be defeated?

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What Is Christian Democracy?

The CEU Democracy Institute and RevDem hosted “The Past and Present of Christian Democracy” in September where leading scholars discussed the historical significance and contemporary state of Christian Democracy. This panel was dedicated to Carlo Invernizzi Accetti’s book What is Christian Democracy? Politics, Religion and Ideology.

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Norms & Narratives in the Constitution of the United Kingdom

Assistant editor Gaurav Mukherjee talks to Nick Barber to discuss democratic backsliding in the UK, the role of courts in protecting democratic procedures, and the state of Parliamentary Sovereignty in the face of Brexit and Covid-19.

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From Leisure Time to Oligarchs: A Conversation About Six Decades of Researching Social Inequality

In this conversation with RevDem guest contributor Máté Rigó, Iván Szelényi discusses his career as a sociologist in Hungary, Australia, and the United States through the theme of social inequality.

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