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The Green Democratic Reboot

The second print edition of the Green European Journal has a special focus on democracy and what it means for Greens – both as an ideal in the political imaginary and as an organising principle in the day-to-day workings of parties, foundations and informal civil society groups.

The articles in this edition fall into three main categories: a discussion on democratic principles; the role of Green foundations; and various democratic initiatives and experiments.

Articles in this edition

01.08.2014
From a Green Reboot of Democracy to a Democratic Reboot of the Greens

In recent years, the volume of articles and books dedicated to the democratic crisis has been constantly expanding. The same is true of the literature addressing the ecological crisis. Yet a simultaneous reflection both on the ecological and on the democratic crisis has not accompanied this proliferation.

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01.08.2014
Beyond Political Parties

The specificity of ‘democratic radicality’ is by no means a bulwark for the Greens against developments or rationales that run counter to this ‘democratic requirement.’

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01.08.2014
The Green Promise of Democracy

What do the Greens think about the current fatigue with representative democracy?

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01.08.2014
Europe’s Unfinished Democracy

Old Europe is disaggregating. The new Europe, which has long been a reality in the mind of many European citizens, is waiting for its constitution, one that will effectively take us into the future.

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01.08.2014
Democratic Dispossession

The economic crisis and the democracy crisis share some of the same causes: redefining the ideal of democracy, the impotence of current regulatory methods in the face of collective decision-making, and a crisis within political programmes.

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01.08.2014
For an Ecological Democracy

Modern representative democracy is not conducive to handling environmental challenges. Ecology requires new political institutions capable of tackling long-term concerns.

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01.08.2014
Populism, Sustainability, Democracy

Before investing excessive hope in radical participatory solutions we need to re-examine established beliefs about democracy and sustainability and their mutual relationship.

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01.08.2014
Long-Term Vision for Day to Day Politics

Are political parties still capable of integrating the long term into their strategic reflections?

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01.08.2014
The Democratisation of All Areas of Life

The coming upheaval in our ways of living and working will require us to live an ecological lifestyle based on new forms of democratic participation that enable us to collectively and comprehensively reshape our social and physical environment.

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01.08.2014
A Foundation for the Green Democratic Recovery

The European Elections, held in tandem with local elections, proved to be a turning point for the Irish Greens. It was a real comeback at local level, particularly in Dublin, and came desperately close to electing an MEP. Green Foundation Ireland (GFI) has played a real part in this recovery.

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01.08.2014
Re-Engineering Politics Through Civil Society

Given the current political climate, it behoves ecologists to thrust imagination, innovation and experimentation to the forefront of political action and thought. This requires a “benevolent distance” between the Green foundations and the Green parties.

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01.08.2014
Bridging the Gap: Autonomy as a Pathway to Civil Society

An interview with Ralf Fücks, Director of the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

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01.08.2014
Democracy in Sweden: Firmly Rooted?

While seeming solid, democracy in Sweden faces serious challenges, such as the rise of populism and voter disengagement. In this context, green foundations are well-placed to propose new initiatives that may help re-engage citizens in the political process, notably through structural changes.

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01.08.2014
Foundations for Democracy: A Special Role for GEF

The Green European Foundation aims to provide a platform for Green foundations to interact and collaborate at a European level.

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01.08.2014
The EU Fifth Project: Democracy for Sustainability

The EU Fifth Project is creating a network of community-based movements as part of a broader transition, starting at the local level and gaining international momentum, with the aim of building a sustainable future.

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01.08.2014
The Crisis of the Fifth Republic

The Fifth Republic in France has become characterised by an increasingly narrow political class, while the political engagement of citizens has plummeted. The EU has not succeeded in improving these weaknesses in democracy, which can only be surmounted through a successful campaign for deep reform: a transition to the Sixth Republic.

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01.08.2014
The Finnish Citizens’ Initiative: Changing the Agenda

In an unprecedented step towards direct democracy, Finland adopted a national Citizens’ Initiative law in March 2012. Although it has succeeded in opening debates in the national parliament on a number of issues, serious questions remain over whether citizens really have the power to effect change through the tool.

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01.08.2014
Every Vote Counts: Social Themes on the Political Agenda

In Belgium voting is compulsory. Nevertheless, more and more people choose not to vote. Nevertheless, more and more people choose not to vote.

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01.08.2014
Hacking Into Congress

Agora Voting is an innovative project using free software to establish social citizen networks for the development of a system for secure electronic voting. Spanish Green party Equo collaborated on this project to carry out Spain’s first real experiment with direct democracy.

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01.08.2014
Alterfederalism as a Way of Rethinking the Crisis of Europe

Do we really want more Europe, integration and solidarity? Or should we perhaps first ask exactly what ‘more Europe, integration and solidarity’ should look like? The results of the European elections in Poland show that ‘old federalism’ is retreating.

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01.08.2014
Fulfilling the Promise of the ECI: Learning from the Right2Water Experience

The European Citizens’ Initiative opened a much needed channel for citizens to reach the European Institutions directly, and brought with it immense potential to reinforce the EU’s democratic legitimacy.

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01.08.2014
The Next Democratic Revolution: From the Green Primary to European Lists

The Green Primary was an unprecedented democratic experiment at a European level. It allowed green sympathisers everywhere in Europe to participate in the process of selecting the leading candidates of the European Green Party in the May 2014 European elections. A transnational assessment of the primary from the perspectives of France, Germany and Spain.

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