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Numero 19 ELECTIONS

Issue 19 – Elections

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LET’S GO RULE

EDITORIAL

One of the reasons for the “democratic fatigue syndrome,” as Van Reybrouck calls it, might be an extreme and paradoxical form of “dis-intermediation.” The latter would consist not in the endorsement of a (real or alleged) leader to the detriment of some intermediary units (churches, unions, parties, etc.) but rather in the coveted elimination of the duality of representatives and represented. Leggi tutto »

 
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A Short History of the Future of Elections

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Keane

We live in times shaped by the conviction that periodic ‘free and fair’ elections are the heart and soul of democracy. Since 1945, when only a dozen parliamentary democracies were left on our planet, elections have come to be seen widely as the best way of forming good governments, sometimes even as a ‘timeless’ and non-negotiable feature of political life. Article 21 of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted in December 1948, famously set the standard: ‘The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage’. Leggi tutto »

 
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Is Voting No Longer Democratic? Elections and the Democratic Fatigue Syndrome

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Palano

This essay critically addresses the arguments developed by Belgian intellectual David Van Reybrouck in his book Against Elections and specifically the presupposition underlying his entire discourse, namely, that “voting is no longer democratic.” The essay will consider Van Reybrouck’s proposed interpretation of the various causes of the democratic “crisis” and will highlight some problematic elements that have to do with the “insufficiency” of the electoral process in terms of guaranteeing the democratic character of Western political systems. Leggi tutto »

 
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In Defense of Elections

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PosadaCarbò

This article presents the case for the defence of a beleaguered creature in the twenty-first century: elections. It looks first at the arguments against elections, recently articulated by David Van Reybrouk. It then revises the value of representation to restate the central place elections have had and ought to have in modern democracies. It does so particularly by highlighting Nadia Urbinati’s important contribution to our understanding of representative democracies. Leggi tutto »

 
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The Mob Came Wielding Pitchforks, but they had a Good Story to Tell

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Boatright

Recent elections in Western democracies have brought into question the relationship between electoral mechanisms and democracy. I argue that while democratic impulses can be identified in political systems where elections either do not take place or are flawed, such impulses cannot be measured and are therefore destined to become the subject of ideological contestation. Leggi tutto »

 
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The Trend of Representation: From the Liberal Paradigm to the Postmodern Voter

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Damele

Some recent electoral events – the referendum on the so-called Brexit, the election of Donald Trump to the US presidency – have again focused the debate on the validity and strength of universal voting as method of selecting leaders. The liberal-democratic model, based on representation and thus on periodic elections and representatives’ free mandate, is again called into question. Leggi tutto »

 
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Election and Representation

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MassaPinto

A certain degree of confusion and overlapping between the principle of elections and the principle of representation affects the political-constitutional vocabulary – both principles are given meanings relating to the idea of people’s participation. Yet at least in the beginning, the notions of elections and representation, which share a common theological origin, have no participatory content; rather, they refer to the issue of power legitimation. Leggi tutto »

 
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More Ideas, More Intelligence, and (a Little) Fewer Elections: On Antonio Floridia’s “A Deliberative Idea of Democracy”

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Mastropaolo

Electoral democracy, which current democratic regimes administer excessively and which has been constrained within perverse procedures of binary options, is causing great harm. One of the most intriguing recipes that are being circulated is deliberative democracy with its revaluation of discussion and compromise. Antonio Floridia has devoted an important book to the reconstruction of the complex genealogy of deliberative theory. Leggi tutto »

 
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Reforming the (Italian) Electoral Law: A Proposal

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Guglielminetti

The essay advances the proposal for a reform of the Italian electoral system Leggi tutto »

 
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Sentiments, Analysis, And Elections

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Manassero

Since search engines and social networks have started being widely used by an enormous amount of users, advertising has always been their primary business model: presenting the “right” ad to the right user, especially focusing on her interests. We assisted therefore to an important and pivotal change from the generically focused traditional advertising industry to a highly specific way to match ads and users, thanks to personal data the same users convey for free to search engines and social networks. Leggi tutto »

 
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The Pontifical Elections: Some Historical Considerations and Suggestions for Further Reflection

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Piazzoni

The electoral system through which the popes are elected has peculiar characteristics, which make it difficult to use it as a model for other institutions. Nevertheless, recalling the history of the elections of the bishop of Rome, the oldest example of an electoral institute still in use, could be a stimulus for reflections that are useful even today. Leggi tutto »

 
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An Ungraspable Democracy: Voting, Elections, and Political Representation In Historical Great Britain

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Torre

A short fragment from Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Contrat social on the behaviour of the English voters and the limits of their participation in parliamentary elections may be a helpful starting point for a survey of some issues regarding the lessons that the historical development of the British electoral practice are likely to teach to the Italian reader who is used to pay some attention to the present debate on the electoral reform. Leggi tutto »

 
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Olympe de Gouges, Les Trois Urnes, ou Le Salut de la Patrie (1793)

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Criscenti

With authentic revolutionary spirit, Olympe de Gouges, who became an essayist and a playwright at the time of the French Revolution, writes a manifest, Les Trois Urnes, in which she exhorts the exponents of the newly established power to call for free French elections and let the people take up political responsibility in terms of deciding the form of government that better fits the principles of the Declaration of Rights. Leggi tutto »

 
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An Obsolete Concept for Democracy? Elections and the Crisis of Political Representation

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CampatiManin

The aim of this essay is to investigate the concept of elections in relation to the crisis of political representation. The first objective is to review the details of the adoption of the “elective principle,” especially through the contribution of Bernard Manin. The second step is to consider the political effects of the adoption of the idea of “deselection.” Leggi tutto »

 
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