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Simon Tormey

This article looks closely at the “crisis of representative democracy,” noting that this crisis is evident across the main variables of interest to political scientists (voting, party membership, trust in politicians, and interest in mainstream politics). The argument here is that the crisis is located not only in short term or contingent factors such as financial crisis, the decadence of the current generation of politicians or the emergence of New Public Management—which often appear as the villains of the piece. It is also located in long term and structural factors linked to the types of social and political interaction associated with “first modernity.” With the displacement of this temporality under post-Fordist, reflexive or “second” modernity, we are witnessing a different set of dynamics shape the terrain of politics. Globalization, individualization, and the proliferation of communicative platforms is taking us away from “vertical” interactions in which representative politics is typical, toward more distributed, flatter, or “horizontal” modes of sociality, working, and organizing—leaving us in a “post-representative” political moment.

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Olesya Khromeychuk

201, which were formed within the German Armed Forces. See David R. Marples, Heroes and Villains: Creating National History in Contemporary Ukraine (Budapest: CEU Press, 2007); Olesya Khromeychuk, “Ukrainians in the German Armed Forces During the

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Boris Maslov

poem” tradition, no positive examples of republican governance are cited. Thus, Cromwell is deemed “a villain” because he suppressed freedom, yet he is praised for “teaching nations how to avenge themselves: you put Charles on trial and executed him

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Lawrence Ogbo Ugwuanyi

Africa is likened to a ‘basket case […] littered with debris of rogue states, failed governments, violent successions, […] and villains and victims, violently repressed secessions, interminable wars, in –terminable rows of wandering refugees, endemic

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A Gloomy Carnival of Freedom

Sex, Gender, and Emotions among Polish Displaced Person in the Aftermath of World War II

Katarzyna Nowak

Horodyska, Doczekać świtu , 176–178. 39 Renfrew, Mikhail Bakhtin , 141–143. 40 Nowakowski, Camp of All Saints , 276. 41 Vetulani-Belfoure, Z ziemi egipskiej , 39. 42 Horodyska, Doczekać świtu , 168. 43 Atina Grossmann, “Victims, Villains and

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Four Dimensions of Societal Transformation

An Introduction to the Problematique of Ukraine

Zuzana Novakova

the earlier anti-terrorist operation and transforming the military/civilian command chain. The conflict is further intertwined with an information war, in which Ukrainian and Russian elites and media provide competing narratives, villainizing the other

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Johanna Gehmacher, Svetla Baloutzova, Orlin Sabev, Nezihe Bilhan, Tsvetelin Stepanov, Evgenia Kalinova, Zorana Antonijevic, Alexandra Ghit, Chiara Bonfiglioli, Ana Luleva, Barbara Klich-Kluczewska, Courtney Doucette, Katarzyna Stańczak-Wiślicz, Valentina Mitkova, Vjollca Krasniqi, Pepka Boyadjieva, Marina Hughson, and Rayna Gavrilova

resistance movement in Bulgaria, which are often strongly influenced by political views. Her conclusion is that the partisans and Thompson are neither heroes nor villains, but are ordinary people trying to change a world turned upside down by war. However