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The Deliberative Potential of Facultative Referendums

Procedure and Substance in Direct Democracy

Alice el-Wakil

, promotion of the common good, and participation—by shifting the focus to the actual acceptance of reasons by the citizens and by introducing uncertainty thanks to its bottom-up aspect. I finally emphasize the value of the shift from hypothetical to actual

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Many Damn Things Simultaneously--at Least for Awhile

Complexity Theory and World Affairs

James N. Rosenau

In this emergent epoch of multiple contradictions that I have labelled ‘fragmegration’ in order to summarily capture the tensions between the fragmenting and integrating forces that sustain world affairs,2 a little noticed – and yet potentially significant – discrepancy prevails between our intellectual progress toward grasping the underlying complexity of human systems and our emotional expectation that advances in complexity theory may somehow point the way to policies which can ameliorate the uncertainties inherent in a fragmegrative world. The links here are profoundly causal: the more uncertainty has spread since the end of the Cold War, the more are analysts inclined to seek panaceas for instability and thus the more have they latched onto recent strides in complexity theory in the hope that it will yield solutions to the intractable problems that beset us. No less important, all these links – the uncertainty, the search for panaceas, and the strides in complexity theory – are huge, interactive, and still intensifying, thus rendering the causal dynamics ever more relevant to the course of events.

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Teppo Eskelinen

risks’ should be assessed by referring to their multiple normative aspects. This will be demonstrated with a concept analysis of the meaning of ‘risk’, entailing an analysis of the distinction between risk and uncertainty, and a discussion on how risks

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Federica Stagni and Daryl Glaser

’ words) to ‘control, marginalise and stigmatise’ the oppressed while opening new avenues for capitalist accumulation. While contributors call on neoliberalism to explain much, they exhibit some uncertainty about what it has wrought. Sometimes they see

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Leslie Paul Thiele and Marshall Young

, as measured by their recognition of the limits of their own knowledge and the role of uncertainty ( Kross and Grossman 2012 ). In his magisterial empirical study, Philip Tetlock discovered that experts in the field of politics are not particularly

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The Democracy of Everyday Life in Disaster

Holding Our Lives in Their Hands

Nancy L. Rosenblum

what the stricken suffer, uncertainty about the long-term effects on survivors, and haunting fear. Neighbors have the possibility of finding meaning where it actually lies: in the felt reality—the lived experience of disease, death, and social

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Peter Levine

conditions of deep uncertainty. Of course, we would like to know what will happen to institutions and norms. Will a global pandemic make various publics more favorable to social democracy and welfare states by reinforcing the value of governments? Or will

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Lauri Rapeli and Inga Saikkonen

Electoral Democracy .” Freedom House Perspectives . Available at https://freedomhouse.org/article/coronavirus-takes-aim-electoral-democracy1/ . (Accessed 19 May 2020 .) Schedler , Andreas . 2013 . The Politics of Uncertainty: Sustaining and

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Milja Kurki

has to be) to dealing with uncertainty, more open (because it has to be) to non-human actors, more open (because it has to be) to thinking beyond existing modalities of politics, new ways of opening up democracy, perhaps even liberal representative

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Latin America and COVID-19

Political Rights and Presidential Leadership to the Test

Brigitte Weiffen

health,” including “misinformation” and “causing uncertainty for the population”—a broad provision that might be abused to quell freedom of speech and target political rivals. In sum, postponing elections or referenda for months might allow incumbents