Draft constitutions in comparative perspective

Excerpts below from an article by Zachary Elkins on Medium. The Joy of Politics posted a note on Constitute in June 2017. One nagging challenge in Constitutional design is how to involve citizens in the drafting process in a meaningful way. One traditional role for citizens is to review and approve the proposed text by … More Draft constitutions in comparative perspective

Innovation in Politics

An international group of private citizens has created a novel way to engage in local and European politics: an award offered to politicians who undertake innovative initiatives designed to improve the lives of their constituents. According to their web site, “[t]he Innovation In Politics Awards are the first in a series of activities with the … More Innovation in Politics

Winning in politics

Below is the text of the Christian Science Monitor’s daily politics newsletter for July 26, 2017, by CMS politics editor Christa Case Bryant. The question is central. What does it really mean to “win” in politics? That’s a theme Sen. John McCain (R) of Arizona hit on repeatedly in his speech from the Senate floor … More Winning in politics

The Joy of Politics

Why do so many people dislike politics, especially young people? Could it be because we misunderstand what politics actually is? David Wisner thinks so. Defining politics in clear, practical terms, and explaining fundamental structures and contemporary innovations, notably in the field of information technology, Wisner demonstrates that it is possible to speak meaningfully about politics … More The Joy of Politics