For a “materialistic” person, the social contract is a bizarre “mental” product, close to alien/UFO mythologies: many people complain that they found themselves speaking of it without ever seeing it. Frustratingly, it is supposed to have been signed before being spoken of. On top of that, it was presumably sealed before being properly signed.
The paper focuses on the concept of populism in practice in the countries of the Western Balkans, mostly in Serbia, Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the use of state institutions and government-controlled media to propagate populist narratives. The basic research question relates to the nature of this populism, in the context of the theoretical framework of the given term, as well as the future challenges of the region.
Dr. Tanja Porčnik participated at the panel discussion on “Euroscepticism in the Russia-Ukraine war“ organized by the Republikon Institute from Budapest, Hungary, on June 16, 2022.
On April 24, a parliamentary election took place in Slovenia. The results reflect a clear message from voters that the government needs to change. In mature liberal democracies, a change in government is a time for reflection for all involved in the politics of a country.
Property Rights Alliance, in partnership with 106 think tanks and advocacy organizations in 51 countries, is proud to launch an open letter celebrating World Intellectual Property Day, addressed to the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Director-General Daren Tang.
After the decades-long global momentum toward constitutional democracy, we have in recent years been observing its reversal as institutional and constitutional constraints on government have been weakened, and human rights have been afforded less protection.
In March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a pandemic caused by the COVID-19 virus. In the same month, Bosnia and Herzegovina began implementing restrictive measures aimed at protecting the local population from the new virus. As in many other countries of the world, these measures were on the verge of not respecting human rights and caused numerous controversies.
Lockdowns and other restrictive measures to keep people in their homes and prevent socializing with others were introduced. But what if home is not a safe place? What if being locked down with a member of your family or a partner is the very definition of being unsafe and at risk of physical injury or psychological abuse?
Measures to combat the coronavirus pandemic have limited a number of fundamental rights to an unprecedented extent. The rights of economic activity, movement, assembly and religious worship have been subjected to the most severe restrictions. Here, however, lies the great danger of the gradual consolidation of a constitutional mithridatism.
Any pandemic is not only a threat to the health and safety of the people but may also lead to other significant threats to them. In times of great national uncertainty, the government is called upon to act, and the present pandemic is no exception. In responding to the COVID-19 pandemic exigencies, governments around the world have taken vast and unparalleled decisions to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus and protect lives.