Neophytos Loizides is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Kent. His most recent work on Turkey, democratic participation and party politics has been published (or is forthcoming) in the European Journal of Political Research, Parliamentary Affairs, Political Studies, West European Politics and Comparative Politics.
Kerem Öktem is a research fellow at the European Studies Centre and an Associate Faculty Member at the Oriental Institute, University of Oxford. His research focuses on on minority politics and nationalism, particularly in the Turkish context. He is currently working on a project that tries to analyse Turkey’s changing geopolitical position as a result of the Arab Spring. Öktem is the author of “Angry Nation: Turkey since 1989”.
Bedri Baykam is a Turkish artist, writer, and political activist. He is a member of the social-democratic party CHP, the chairman of the Turkish Artists’ Association, and a regular contributor to the left-leaning “Cumhuriyet” newspaper. Baykam studied in Paris at the Sorbonne and lived in California until 1987 before returning to Istanbul, where he still resides.
Dimitar Bechev is senior research fellow and head of the Sofia office of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). He is editor of “What Does Turkey Think”, a 2011 collection of essays by Turkish analysts, policymakers and academics exploring the country’s rapid domestic transformation and dynamic foreign policy.
Michael Hardt wants us to rethink democracy. He spoke with Lars Mensel about the struggle for democratic participation, the future of protest movements, and lessons from Lenin.
When it comes to scoring political points, the Conservatives are bending democratic principles.
Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis came for finance talks and made the fashion pages. Why are we so surprised when someone couples a fresh approach with a different look?
Democracy will be reborn. Instead of tying power to entrenched institutions and established rulers, a culture of participation will flourish a century from today. The future belongs to those who are willing to experiment.
Instead of adapting our democracy to new circumstances and insights, we’re trying to organize it with the 1989 Game Boy because we use the 2014 iPad to watch cat videos.