Free-market era in Sweden swept away as feminists and greens plot new path | World news | The Observer

Free-market era in Sweden swept away as feminists and greens plot new path | World news | The Observer. For a man who is a near-certainty to become Sweden‘s prime minister after today’s general election, Stefan Löfven has had a miserable campaign. In his latest misstep, Löfven, a burly union leader, was accused last week … More Free-market era in Sweden swept away as feminists and greens plot new path | World news | The Observer

Upstart party Podemos emerging as third political power, says new poll | In English | EL PAÍS

Upstart party Podemos emerging as third political power, says new poll | In English | EL PAÍS. New party Podemos has taken a further step toward becoming the third power on the Spanish political scene, according to the latest opinion poll from the Center for Sociological Research (CIS). The group – which was the surprise … More Upstart party Podemos emerging as third political power, says new poll | In English | EL PAÍS

Norwegian voting patterns are a warning to leftwing parties elsewhere

Henning Finseraas and Kåre Vernby  Low levels of citizen participation in politics have long been seen as a serious democratic problem, and a possible relationship between turnout and election outcomes is a prominent topic of discussion in political science. The most frequent claim is that left-of-centre parties benefit from higher levels of turnout since many of them … More Norwegian voting patterns are a warning to leftwing parties elsewhere

Norway’s disturbing lurch to the right | Alf Gunvald Nilsen | Comment is free | theguardian.com

Norway’s disturbing lurch to the right | Alf Gunvald Nilsen | Comment is free | theguardian.com. The results from today’s Norwegian elections are more or less clear: with some 26.8% of the vote, the Conservative party (Høyre) is poised to head Norway’s next coalition government. The first thing to note about Norway’s unsettling rightward turn … More Norway’s disturbing lurch to the right | Alf Gunvald Nilsen | Comment is free | theguardian.com

Wrestling with Democracy

Wrestling with Democracy is an ambitious, historical examination of the changes in voting systems across a large number of Western liberal democracies over the course of the twentieth century that argues that ‘most major voting system reforms in the twentieth-century west have been intimately linked to larger social struggles over the parameters of democracy itself, … More Wrestling with Democracy