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by Johann Bacher, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria, Julia Hofmann, Chamber of Labour Vienna, Austria, and Georg Hubmann, Jahoda Bauer Institut, Austria In 2017, the authors of the present article were engaged in editing, financing, and presenting the until-then almost unknown doctoral thesis of the famous Austrian social scientist Marie Jahoda, who finished her dissertation […]

by Elísio Estanque, University of Coimbra, Portugal, and member of ISA Research Committees on Labour Movements (RC44) and Social Classes and Social Movements (RC47), and António Casimiro Ferreira, University of Coimbra, Portugal Portugal is a semi-peripheral country that underwent a democratic transition in 1974, following a long period of dictatorship (starting in 1926). The authoritarian […]

Rokeya Akhter is a national consultant and professional in development projects in Bangladesh. Her specializations are in gender action plan, nutrition for adolescents, and climate change resilience for food security. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Her doctoral research is on language, culture and schooling in Dhaka. She has completed […]

In many countries all over the world, democratic institutions and processes face increased challenges and pressure. Authoritarian tendencies can be observed in young and old democracies alike: a top-down leadership gains prominence again, nationalism soars, and civil society is weakened through the restriction of political rights. Women’s and minorities’ rights are particularly under attack. In […]

Nancy Fraser is one of today’s most eminent critical theorists and feminist thinkers. She is Professor of Philosophy and Politics at the New School for Social Research in New York. In a number of widely read publications, among them Redistribution or recognition? A Political-Philosophical Exchange (2003), a debate with Axel Honneth, she develops a theoretical […]

by Hauke Brunkhorst, University of Flensburg, Germany After a century of fierce, bloody, and brutal class struggles, global civil wars, and world revolutions, the capitalist state became the cosmopolitan-constituted (e.g. Articles 23 to 26, German Basic Law), democratic and social state (Articles 20 and 28, German Basic Law). In the Global North, justice became an […]

by Christian Fuchs, University of Westminster, United Kingdom Far-right politics has in recent years expanded and consolidated its power. We have Donald Trump (Republican Party) in the USA, Viktor Orbán (Fidesz) in Hungary, Heinz-Christian Strache (Freedom Party) in Austria, Geert Wilders (Party for Freedom) in the Netherlands, Narendra Modi (Bharatiya Janata Party) in India, Recep […]

by Andrea Silva-Tapia, Humboldt University of Berlin and Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany Citizenship and nation-state building in a still colonial world Citizenship as a concept is ambiguous and the debate over its meaning is rather broad. While for some the term refers to a purely legal status given by nationality or country of belonging, […]

by Hlengiwe Ndlovu, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa In recent years, South Africa has been gripped by a student movement unprecedented in its militancy, arguably, since the 1976 Soweto students uprising. The #FeesMustFall movement emerged in 2015 and continued into 2016. The demands were forged around access to free quality education, and the transformation […]

by Gerassimos Kouzelis, University of Athens, Greece Talking about direct democracy nowadays can sound idyllic as its potential to actually be applied is extremely limited. The idea of substantial democratic control beyond parliament, as found in recent literature, sounds like a radical claim with utopian elements. How can the “demos,” the people, exercise even mediated […]