People who perpetuate conspiracy theories about a fraudulent election are only too happy to point to erroneous polls as support for their claims. Now that it appears the US election is really over, EUI economists David Levine and Andrea Mattozzi offer some thoughts regarding political polling and election forecasts.
To achieve gender parity in politics we need to target the gatekeepers: male party leadership. School of Transnational Governance Policy Leader Fellow Costanza Hermanini argues that effective programmes for the empowerment of women are those that make party leaders aware of the political value of parity, and of the practical obstacles to a woman’s political career.
President-elect Joe Biden has plenty of diplomatic issues to tackle in his approaching tenure as the 46th President of the United States. While some tout the importance of immediate steps to signify America’s renewed embrace of “values and democracy”, Nicholas Noe suggests starting with a more pragmatic and inclusive approach: “vaccine diplomacy”.
COVID-19 has forced derogations from and limitations to rights at every level. However, there are some populations for which the pandemic has generated rights victories previously considered out of reach. EUI Professor of Public International Law Neha Jain puts the spotlight on one such vulnerable population––prisoners––to explore how COVID-19 has helped change the discourse on the rights of detainees to ignite prospects for prison reform.