Federalism – The Best Solution for Developing Societies

Evolution of Federalism The history and evolution of federalism is rich and complex. From the ancient Greek city-states coming together to stop the Persian invention, to the modern European Union, federations come in many shapes, sizes and purposes. Federalism provides a system of political organization that allows for action by a shared government for certain [...]

The vulnerabilities of democracy

Introduction This essay hypothesizes that democracy is confounded on a peculiar principle: ‘once democracy is destroyed it never fully recovers’. This rather austere and irreversible principle is rooted in the empirics, more precise, on the impact of conflict and violence on society. This essay postulates that conflict hinges on three specific criteria, rather, the existence [...]

Self-Determination and Modernization, A Utopian-Dystopian Discourse

Introduction In the early 1950s, two buzz-words determined the vocabulary of the international community: * Self-determination * Modernization Self-determination of self-rule attenuated to other more lofty principles such as sovereignty, and brought on a wave of decolonization, stretching from Africa, to Asia, back to the Caribbean and Latin America. In the wave of self-determination trailed [...]

Social Movements and Political Influence in Venezuela, Suriname, Jamaica and Indonesia

Abstract Political science defines social movements as organizations that seek to influence the political system from the grass-roots and are antithetical to the organized political sphere of neo-liberal policy-making. The hypothesis of this paper is that social movements between 1980 and 2000 failed to push for economic reform because many crisis- ridden economies could not [...]

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