The Monkey Cage: Comparative Politics


Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 04/09/2014

Autocrats now more vulnerable to being ousted by revolt

Today’s dictators should be more concerned with popular protests than coups.

By Andrea Kendall-Taylor and Erica Frantz  |  08:00 AM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Comparative Politics

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 04/01/2014

Five key questions -- and answers -- about France’s election fallout

Last weekend’s municipal elections in France were a referendum on the Socialist government’s performance. It lost, badly, but seems to have no coherent plan for the future.

By Henry Farrell  |  10:15 AM ET, 04/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Comparative Politics, Elections, Europe

Posted at 04:35 PM ET, 03/21/2014

Turkey’s Twitter ban is not an example of the Streisand Effect

Turkey’s Twitter crackdown is not important because it highlights the possible corruption of the Turkish government. It’s important because it may signal that the government is worried about its electoral prospects.

By Henry Farrell  |  04:35 PM ET, 03/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Comparative Politics, Turkey

Posted at 04:55 PM ET, 02/17/2014

Sure, Congress is polarized. But other legislatures are more so.

If polarization is an American problem, why is it higher in other countries?

By David W. Brady  |  04:55 PM ET, 02/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Britain, Comparative Politics, Japan, Polarization

Posted at 09:31 AM ET, 01/29/2014

The end of race-based politics in South Africa?

Does the decision of the Democratic Alliance (DA) to nominate Mamphela Ramphele as its 2014 presidential candidate signal the beginning of the end of race-based politics in South Africa?

By Adam Harris  |  09:31 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Comparative Politics, race, South Africa

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 01/23/2014

How repressing the Brotherhood could have unintended consequences in Egypt

The military-led government’s choice to repress the Muslim Brotherhood could actually boost support in the country for Islamism.

By Elizabeth Nugent  |  03:00 PM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Comparative Politics, Constitution, Egypt

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 11/25/2013

Why victory for Bachelet in Chile is undeniable but bittersweet

Bachelet falls short of a first-round victory and faces an uncertain reform landscape in congress.

By Kirsten Sehnbruch and Peter M. Siavelis  |  01:29 PM ET, 11/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaigns and Elections, Comparative Politics, Election Report

Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 11/01/2013

Kosovo preelection report: Why who participates is more important than who wins

Will lack of participation by voters in North Kosovo undermine the E.U.-brokered deal between Belgrade and Pristina?

By Marko Zilovic  |  12:57 PM ET, 11/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaigns and Elections, Comparative Politics, Election Report