INSIGHTS

  • A Constructive Critique of Elections: Why We Need More
          Accountability

    Elections represent critical points in the democratic process, yet they are imperfect in that, without adequate supplementary mechanisms, the elected may consider themselves 'freed' from their voters until the next election. Gergana Dimova from the University of Winchester, UK, discusses with Élise Rouméas from the REDEM project the role that accountability can play, both as a control and an influencing mechanism, in shaping the actions of those that have been elected over the periods when they exercise the mandate that has been enthrusted to them.

  • Electoral Justice in Times of Crisis

    Dennis F. Thompson is Professor of Government and the Alfred North Whitehead Emeritus Professor of Political Philosophy in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. He is also a Emeritus Professor of Public Policy in the John F. Kennedy School of Government, and the founding Director of the University Center for Ethics and the Professions (now the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics). In this conversation he discusses with Alexandru Volacu from the REDEM project the merits and challenges of the available options for holding elections in times of crisis.

  • To Vote by Post or To Postpone the Election?

    As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, some European countries have decided to suspend their elections. France postponed the second tour of the local elections, the same happened in regional elections in Galicia and in the Basque Country and in 15 US state primaries. Are such steps necessary though, if it is possible to cast the ballot by mail? Lee Drutman, senior fellow at the Political Reform Program of the New America Foundation, discusses the merits and trade-offs of mail voting with Andrei Poama from the REDEM project.

  • Helping Disabled People Vote - A French Approach

    On March 23, 2019, France passed a law that prohibits judges to deprive people with disabilities of their right to vote. This will enfranchise around 300,000 French citizens living with a physical or mental disability. What does it take to help people with disabilities to vote? A profile of the Handéo association which has taken up on this challenge, and a conversation with its scientific director, the sociologist Cyril Desjeux.

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  • Four Prints of an Election

    William Hogarth's sharp political perception and rendering of the electoral scenery in Four Prints of an Election, enhanced by John Nichols' satyrical commentary, are a rare treat and an insight into the 18th century political landscape. Plate III The Polling will bring to mind many of the concerns of modern elections.

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