26.05.2021
Malta: Referendums under a Postcolonial Shadow

The national debates that accompany referendums in Malta are strongly shaped by the country’s enduring bipartisan political landscape.

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26.05.2021
Switzerland: Referendums in an Incomparable Young Democracy

Switzerland is often hailed as a model of direct democracy. But these processes may prove difficult to replicate elsewhere for many reasons.

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26.05.2021
Referendums in Romania: A Route to Political Capital

Referendums in Romania have been instrumentalised by various political actors as strategies to increase legitimacy and popularity.

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26.05.2021
Referendums in Italy: Direct Democracy under Controlled Conditions

Designed to safeguard against a return of authoritarianism, the Italian constitutional framework leaves little space for direct democracy – yet referendums are not uncommon in the country.

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26.05.2021
Hannah Arendt: The Political Animal in the 21st Century

Hannah Arendt’s work can shed light on the reinvigoration of democracy at a time of corroded trust in political institutions, an emboldened far right, and ecological breakdown.

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27.03.2017
Caroline Lucas MP: ‘Missed Opportunities’ by EU Led to Brexit

An interview with Green Party of England & Wales co-leader & MP Caroline Lucas.

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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
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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09.01.2014
Politics Needs to Innovate to be Relevant

Citizens are demanding more direct democracy, something that the political parties are resisting. However the economic crisis has changed everything and made the status quo no longer sustainable. In its wake, a number of new movements are challenging how political decisions are being made.

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