Tag: elections

Tsunami Watch: Blue Wave Coming?

The ingredients for a rising wave were all there. The controversial Republican president’s approval rating sat at an abysmal 28%. As elections approached, a special election was declared for the early springtime in a district that had been Republican since the…

What Happened to Competition in Russia?

“Competitive authoritarian regimes [are] competitive, in that democratic institutions are not merely a façade: opposition parties use them to seriously contest for power; but they are authoritarian in that opposition forces are handicapped by a highly uneven – and sometimes…

A Democratic Deficit: Hong Kong’s Resurfacing Umbrella Movement

Hong Kong’s highly anticipated election on March 26 arises from a prolonged, uneasy discourse on the legitimacy and controversy surrounding the “one country, two systems” structure. Granted back to China in 1997, Hong Kong is able to exercise a level of autonomy…

Power to the Ignorant

Demos kratos – Greek for democracy, or rule by the people. Res publica – Latin for public affair, referring to a state that represents the people. The classical civilizations seemed optimistic enough in their structural experiments that they failed to come up…

Facebook and Fake News in the 2016 Election

As Americans reflect on the 2016 election, many left-leaning voters are pointing a finger at Facebook, condemning them for allowing fake news to circulate. In the past week, Mark Zuckerberg has quickly changed his attitude towards fake news on Facebook,…

44 States, 86 Houses, 5923 Legislators, And Almost Zero Attention: This November’s U.S State-Level Elections

Those political junkies like me anxious to see if America is marginally closer to a Trumpocalypse might find themselves hastily clicking “Refresh“ on the FiveThirtyEight election model, or the New York Times’. Those of us curious to see if the…

The Social Media Election

In the 2016 US Presidential election, it is clear that Facebook has become a major platform for political discussion. Facebook allows users to voice their own opinions and share information from non-mainstream news sources that could otherwise go unnoticed. Additionally, users who already…

Where East Meets West – Montenegro’s Pledge to Europe

On the 16th of October, Montenegro held its second parliamentary election since independence from Serbia in 2006. Political pundits from London to Moscow labeled these elections as a historical moment in the country’s path. The contest pit the pro-western Democratic Party of…