Re-engaging Citizens

Many ideas are emerging on how to re-engage citizens with democracy. These include new structures and systems, including digital technologies, that allow for more direct public consultation, information flow and more considered input by citizens into policy-making.

A database by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance on how direct democracy initiatives are being used around the world. 

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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.

Academic
October 22, 2015

Melanie Sully, Director of the Policy and Research Institute for Go-Governance, sees the questioning of democracy as part of its renewal.

Opinion
June 1, 2003

The European Science Foundation outlines the benefits of putting digital technologies at the centre of democracy.

Report
May 13, 2015

Paul Twivy argues in The Guardian that Britons want more from their democracy than an election every five years.

Opinion
June 10, 2015

Two new apps allow a public servant or a citizen to live stream public meetings, writes Northeastern University's James Toscano.

Opinion
October 11, 2015

John Keane of the University of Sydney considers whether the belief in the universality of ‘free and fair’ elections is a worn-out dogma that's urgently in need of replacement.

Opinion
August 21, 2006

Stephen Coleman from Oxford University argues traditional forms of liberal democracy are struggling to engage with a digital world dominated by ‘networks’.

Academic

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