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A Right-Wing Majority in Austria

The difference between 2000 and 2017 in Austria is that this time around right-wing populism has been normalized. Back in 2000, the second and the third largest party, OVP and FPO negotiated a coalition government, in which the third-ranked OVP … Continue reading

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Microsociology: Gaze of Female Leaders

It is well-known that women tend to be better communicators than men, that women are more interested in keeping good relationships with the people around them. One way to establish such close rapport is through the gaze with the eyes. … Continue reading

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The Defeat of the Governing Parties in Germany

For many months German and international media have insisted that Merkel would be the pillar of strength, which will halt the rise of right-wing populism. The narrative of the cosmopolitan elite was that Brexit, Trump and Syriza are crazy aberrations … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Great Leveler by Walter Scheidel (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2017)

In this magnificent piece of historical sociology, the Austrian Stanford historian, Walter Scheidel, answers the question under what circumstances income and wealth inequality decline. His fascinating answer is that only so-called violent shocks in the form of (1) mass mobilization … Continue reading

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Nigeria: A Country Profile

The media reports that Nigeria’s economy suffers from weak economic development, growing at 2.5% in 2017 instead of the 6% that it averaged until 2014, after which the global economic slowdown dragged down growth in Nigeria as well (FT 2017). … Continue reading

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India and China: A Conflict Defused, A Special Relationship

We cannot know for sure whether India and China have finally ended their conflict over the fragile land border in Doklam/ Donglang. The most recent announcement on the 28th of August is that the border dispute between China and Bhutan, … Continue reading

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The Austrian Electoral Map

With the ascendancy of Sebastian Kurz to chairman of the Austrian People’s Party (OVP) the political calculation in the Alpine Republic shifted in favor of the OVP, which had languished in the polls in the third place behind the SPO … Continue reading

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