"Political Systems and Forms of Government"
29 Apr 2015
Hong Kong Election Reform
Author: Dylan Loh Ming Hui
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS)
This commentary discusses the Hong Kong Government's April 2015 proposal to the Legislative Council to allow citizens of Hong Kong universal suffrage to elect their Chief Executive as well as whether the proposal will actually pass.
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23 Apr 2015
The “Green Card” Opportunity: Time to Rethink Parliamentary Engagement in EU Affairs
Author: Karolina Borońska-Hryniewiecka
Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM)
This bulletin discusses the ‘green card’ proposal, which suggests that a way to strengthen the role of parliaments in the EU would be to enable national parliaments to make EU legislation proposals.
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16 Apr 2015
The True ‘Arab Exception’
Author: Haizam Amirah-Fernández
Elcano Royal Institute of International and Strategic Studies
This paper discusses the so-called “Arab exception”, which refers to the alleged inability of Arab societies to transition from authoritarian to democratic political systems.
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Illusions versus Reality: Turkey’s Approach to the Middle East and North Africa
Author: Soli Özel, Behlül Özkan
This brief looks at Turkey’s foreign policy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) since the 2011 Arab uprisings.
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Deliberate Disengagement: How Education Decreases Political Participation in Electoral Authoritarian Regimes
Author: Kevin Croke, Guy Grossman, Horacio A Larreguy, John Marshall
Drawing on the example of Zimbabwe, this paper examines the causal relationship between education and non-contentious political participation under electoral authoritarianism.
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Establishing Inclusive Societies in Fragile States
Author: Seth Kaplan
Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre (NOREF)
This paper stresses the importance of establishing an inclusive society in order to reduce conflict, improve governance, and promote democratization and economic growth in fragile states.
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Author: Michael Wahman, Matthias Basedau
GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies
This paper examines how oil production affects elections in non-democratic regimes.
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The Ambitions of Al-Sisi
Author: Ricardo González Samaranch
Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB)
This commentary discusses the political situation in Egypt since the election of President al-Sisi's in 2014.
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