Palgrave Macmillan

A scandal effect? Local scandals and political trust

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Scandals that hit political institutions and their actors are likely to contribute to lowering political trust. However, few studies examine the accuracy of such relationship at the local level. This article aims to contribute to the field by assessing the impact of local scandals on trust in local government and the mayor in the context of a federal state, Belgium.

Sustainable Development in EU–Asia Trade Relations

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Pressures have grown on European policy-makers to ensure that geo-economic interests do not come at the cost of the environment and workers’ rights. In light of increased public salience of EU trade deals with third countries, this chapter explores how the EU satisfies sustainability demands in trade agreements and how geopolitical considerations impact the design of specific clauses in recent trade deals with five Asian countries.

Populism and Authoritarian Drift: The Presidency of Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil

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This chapter analyzes Jair Bolsonaro’s presidency in Brazil using two interpretations of the concept of populism: the ideational approach (thin-centered ideology) and the political style approach. The author is interested in the way in which the Brazilian president associates a populist rhetoric aimed at disrupting the political game (politics) and populist practices aimed at breaking the classical patterns of democratic representation and reorienting public action (policies).

The green case for a randomly selected chamber

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One of the greatest challenges facing current generations is the environmental and climate crisis. Democracies, so far, have not distinguished themselves by their capacity to bring about appropriate political responses to these challenges. This is partly explicable in terms of a lack of state capacity in a globalized context.