New Forms of Democracy

New forms of democracy include deliberative democracy, where citizens help elected representatives decide on policy decisions, and direct democracy, where citizens do away with elected representation and make policy and political decisions themselves.

November 1, 2014

The Asia-Europe Foundation, the Hanns Seidel Foundation and International IDEA examine how citizen movements in Europe and Asia are emerging as alternatives to major political parties.

December 30, 2012

Ernesto Ganuza and Gianpaolo Biaocchi argue in the Journal of Public Deliberation that participatory budgeting has become part of good governance.

December 1, 1999

Ever heard of the World Commission on Dams or the Roll Back Malaria initiative? This article in Foreign Policy highlights how complex challenges are being tackled.

June 1, 2002

Bruce Ackerman from Yale University and James Fishkin from Stanford University propose a future when special 'Deliberation Days' are set aside for citizens to reflect and debate on important policy issues in the lead up to an election.

May 11, 2015

A report from the University of Canberra concludes Australian democracy is ill, but not terminal.

September 1, 2011

Mathias Koenig-Archibugi from the London School of Economics and Political Science asks whether global democracy is feasible.

April 1, 2005

Bart Cammaerts from London School of Economics and Leo van Audenhove from Free University argue new forms of political participation are creating challenges for traditional forms of democracy. 


A new social media tool called Countable allows US citizens to review government proposals and say whether they support it.

The Building Global Democracy Programme is a resource run by academics, politicians and activists with information and research on global democracy and how to make it happen.