Politics and Society

COVID-19: Accelerating Digital Inequalities in South Korea

June 14, 2021 Politics and Society

COVID-19 has forced Korean society to rapidly digitalize. Though most South Koreans have access to the internet and digital technologies, some are less able to make use of these tools. Women and low-income families are most vulnerable to this digital inequality. The South Korean government should take steps to address such digital inequality, beyond the issue of digital access.

Jeongnam Hwang

Increasing the Legitimacy of Advocative NGOs Through Representation

May 20, 2020 Politics and Society

Advocacy NGOs often face challenges from political actors questioning their legitimacy. A new approach of introducing electorates nationally or regionally to grassroots organizations might protect them against such political attacks, and also serve to increase their legitimacy. The Hungarian Independent Student Parliament provides a potential model that could be replicated in other similar NGOs in and beyond Hungary.

Gáspár Bekes

The Yellow Vest Movement: Lessons Learned from a Flawed Government Response

May 5, 2020 Politics and Society

The French Yellow Vest Movement highlighted two major determinants of success in protest movements: favorable public opinion and high collective morale. It also showed that the French government needs to refocus its protest mitigation strategy more on these two fronts in order to minimize and avoid future protest movements.

Ediz Topcuoğlu

Climate over Justice? Understanding Civil Disobedience Through the Lens of John Rawls

May 2, 2020 Politics and Society

From Mahatma Gandhi to Susan B. Anthony and Extinction Rebellion – civil disobedience has changed policies throughout history. John Rawls developed means to better understand when and in what form civil disobedience is justified. We see that XR isn’t a movement of the disenfranchised and needs to introduce climate councils at all levels to produce more inclusive outcomes.

Mareike Peschau

2019: We seed, we know, we rised, we wake

April 27, 2020 Politics and Society

Uprisings spread worldwide in 2019, using similar triggers and tactics. Some changes have been accomplished, from politicians’ resignations to derogation of laws and reforms. Social awakening can be considered the biggest revolutionary shift, leading to an unprecedented collective consciousness across countries. Governments should address this emergence by institutionalising civil society initiatives.

Maria Chiara Zeri and Ricardo Henao Galvis

Three Policy Shifts to Harness the Potential of Technological Progress

March 8, 2020 Politics and Society

Technological progress as it stands today focuses on irrelevant questions and ignores possible dangers, instead of leveraging democratization and social mobility. Three policy shifts are necessary to stop wasting the potential of technological progress.

Nicolas Zahn