Aris Trantidis: Building an authoritarian regime: Strategies for autocratisation and resistance in Belarus and Slovakia

In his latest article, NOUS member Aris Trantidis explores the conditions under which incumbent leaders in initially competitive political systems manage to offset democratic resistance and establish an authoritarian regime. Autocratisation – the transition from a competitive political system to a regime dominated by a single political force – is Weiterlesen…

John Trasher: Democracy Unchained: Contractualism, Individualism, and Independence in Buchanan’s Democratic Theory

Contrary to the claims of some of his critics, James Buchanan was an ardent democrat. In his paper “ Democracy Unchained: Contractualism, Individualism, and Independence in Buchanan’s Democratic Theory“ NOUS member John Trasher argues that Buchanan’s conception of democratic governance organized by a contractually justified constitution is highly distinctive because Weiterlesen…

Niclas Berggren & Jerg Gutmann: Securing personal freedom through institutions

In his latest Research Paper, NOUS Member Niclas Berggren together with Jerg Gutmann explores how judicial independence and electoral democracy impact personal freedom. The results are quite surprising: „While judicial independence is positively and robustly related to personal freedom in all its forms, electoral democracy displays a robust, positive relationship Weiterlesen…