All posts filed under: Network theory

In the future everyone will be a conservative: the economy’s evolving complexity undermines both the left and the right

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Complexity Economics / Conservatism / Cultural Stasis / Edmund Burke / Eric Beinhocker / Evolutionary Economics / Network theory / Party System / Philosophy / Populism

During the launch of Space Shuttle Columbia’s 28th mission a piece of foam insulation the size of a small briefcase broke off from an external tank and struck its left wing. Many shuttle launches had seen similar damage but this time it proved more serious. On 1st February 2003 the space shuttle exploded as it entered the earth’s atmosphere killing its crew of seven astronauts. A later investigation concluded “the physical cause of the loss of Colombia […]

The Populism Paradox: why the success of mainstream parties creates the conditions for their own destruction

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Democracy / Globalisation / Network theory / Party System / Peter Mair / Politics / Populism

A cross Europe the mainstream parties that have dominated the continent for decades are fading. Their memberships are falling. Voter turnout is down. Those supporters they have retained are starved of enthusiasm. Meanwhile anti-system parties gain ever more vitality. The SNP in Scotland, UKIP in the UK, the FN in France go from strength to strength. Their simple messages calling for the repatriations of powers, together with their populist attacks on a ‘detached metropolitan elite’ are […]