29.09.2016
Election in Croatia: Back to Stability?

Despite high hopes for Croatia’s multifarious small parties, and disappointment for the centre-left Social Democrats, Croatia’s September elections have revealed a relative return to stability with the two main established parties retaining most of the seats and leverage in the parliament.

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29.08.2016
David Cameron and the Three ‘Whiches’

To what extent were the outcomes of the recent plebiscites held in the UK determined by the formulation of the question and the method of counting votes? If these are significant factors, this points to some puzzling quirks in the country’s voting system, as well as some far-reaching flaws in its democracy.

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16.02.2016
Decision Making: Living in Sympathy with Our Human Environment

No-one has the right to rule by force of arms, violence; and no one has the right to dominate others by force of numbers: majority voting. So how should the Greens in particular, and society in general, make democratic decisions?

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17.12.2015
“Ecology as a Political Dwarf and an Organisational giant” – A Book Review of the “Manifeste des Écologistes Atterrés”

The state of the French Greens, Europe Écologie Les Verts, is in disarray, and the paradoxical gap between a shrinking Green electorate and ecologically conscious citizens and movements grows. However, the grass is always greener on the other side, especially in the case of Italy, where Green prospects in comparison are bleak. A book review of “Manifeste des écologistes atterrés”.

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29.06.2015
Proportional representation: the people’s democracy

Almost three months after the 2015 General Election, a feeling of disbelief at the Conservative majority result remains afresh in the UK. The results, which were a far cry from the outcome predicted by the polls in the run-up to the vote, have given rise to a heated debate about the system of voting in the UK, and calls for a more proportional system, though this transition remains an uphill struggle.

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14.10.2014
Green Party presence in Swedish government welcomed all the same

Greens are now in government in Sweden for the first time in the party’s 33-year-long history, yet the electoral result was regarded as disappointing. In light of the rise of xenophobic populists and a difficult political climate, it remains to be seen how Greens will fare in the new coalition.

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01.08.2014
Renewing the fight for democracy

There is a certain amount of naivety surrounding the question of democracy. We have arrived at a situation in which a large proportion of the public has turned against democratic institutions, or at least withdrawn from any engagement in them. And therefore it might look as though the public has become apathetic towards the big political issues of our time. But is this really the case?

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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
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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29.07.2014
A missed opportunity: media reporting of the European elections

Voter abstention and the success of anti-Europe parties were two key trends of the 2014 European elections. Since the first direct elections for the European Parliament, a reciprocal relationship has emerged that affects the commitments of politicians, the media, and the voters. This prompts the question of to what extent the media have influenced the events of 2014.

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