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But MacDonald said the research raised the question of "why we are not using digital technology to change our notion of representative democracy". The opportunity was to improve the way the government interacted with people, "listens to their issues and then mobilises around them for the benefit of ...
Munich - The internet and social media were once hailed for creating new opportunities to spread democracy and freedom. And twitter, facebook and other social media did indeed play a key role in popular uprisings in Iran in 2009, in the Arab world in 2011 and in Ukraine in 2013-2014. Back then, the ...

Participation in town hall meetings has reached a new low, marking a 30-year decline in Swiss democracy at a local level. But all is not lost. Local democracy has been haemorrhaging for quite a while, reaching dramatic proportions. Research shows that only 4.6% of the population living in Municipalities ...
"He clearly, I think, has failed in carrying out his duty as president of the United States, which is to protect our democracy," Podesta said during an interview on CBS' "Face the Nation." He added: "If this is information warfare, then I think he's the first draft dodger in the war." Podesta, a former chief of staff to ...
The conviction of former prime minister Begum Khaleda Zia has sent a lot of people into panic mode, bringing forth claims of "the death of democracy" in Bangladesh, a claim that makes little sense as our young nation has never really experienced democracy since its birth. The first proper election that our ...
Yet another blow for judicial independence in Hong Kong. An advocate for the city's autonomy has been blocked from running in an upcoming election by its top court. A judge ruled that he did not accept Andy Chan would fulfill a specific precondition for standing election, giving the nod to a legal ...

If you think otherwise, it's arguable that you should be opposed to democracy itself. You should certainly be against trial by jury. But you should also apply the same question to the chamber's current occupants. Do you really believe that, collectively, the massed members of today's House of Lords offer a ...
To the editor: I have not read Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt's book, "How Democracies Die," so maybe this following issue is discussed in their book. ("Trump attacks on Russia ... Trump's lies and his demand for personal loyalty are the core threats to our democracy. Advertisement. Arch Miller, Arcadia.
During the Vietnam War, the US thought it was fighting communism. Afterwards, the consensus was that the Vietnamese had been fighting for national independence. But Amy Chua, in her extremely stimulating Political tribes, suggests an additional factor: many Vietnamese thought they were fighting the ...
democracy therefore rests on a contradiction. If a democratic system of government is to endure, all parties must acknowledge that the imperative of preserving the rules that define and protect that system takes precedence over the goal of achieving power. Yet at the same time, the quest for power is the ...
The ANC has much to work on. Still, Zuma's resignation suggests that the institutions of democracy, though battered, remain intact. South Africa has a system, party-dominated though it may be, that worked, albeit in the fullness of time. There is a strong and independent (and majority black) judiciary and, ...
Our democracy is being manipulated by a dangerous political adversary. • The people paid to know say they are trying to do it again in this fall's elections. • Washington is doing almost nothing to counter an assault that threatens to shake Americans' confidence in their elections. In some cases, it is working ...
social media could be just the start of a slippery slope leading to an Orwellian world controlled by Big Data Brother, accelerated by convergence with the sensors in our devices and rapid advances in artificial intelligence. Some authoritarian regimes are already marshaling these developments to exercise ...
In the book, Khanna calls for democracies all across the world to be strengthened on a local level. He carries this message to all the places he visits. The democracy theorist Benjamin Barber, his mentor and inspiring conversation partner at Berkley University in California, encouraged him to adopt this ...
While recent discussions about the stability of American democracy have centered upon Russian meddling, the issue of gerrymandering presents an equally significant threat. By actively disenfranchising voters, officials in several states have undermined the very purpose of our electoral system.
Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation into Russia's impact on the 2016 election entered a new phase Friday, as his team indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian organizations for their "conspiracy" to illegally influence the US presidential campaign. It was an indictment unprecedented in ...
Five years ago, for example, Adam Bonica, a political scientist at Stanford, published "Why Hasn't democracy Slowed Rising Inequality?" economic theory, he wrote, holds that "inequality should be at least partially self-correcting in a democracy" as "increased inequality leads the median voter to demand ...

A Turkish former opposition leader on trial on terrorism charges said in his defence that Turkish democracy could only be saved by the judiciary, left-wing newspaper Evrensel said . "Parliament is scared, the judiciary needs to be brave," Selahattin Demirtaş told a court near Ankara. "That is the only way ...
What is happening with global democracy? Recent reports from the Economist and Freedom House reinforce a drumbeat coming from commentators across the globe: democracy as a global phenomenon -- simultaneously an ideal and a set of formal and informal rules reigning in many countries ...
"Free speech under attack" warns the 2017 democracy Index. Native Americans were particularly affected by the latest developments. Their protest against the construction of an oil pipeline in North Dakota was crushed by security forces. President Trump decided to resume work on the controversial ...
Jacob Zuma finally succumbed to growing pressure from the African National Congress and resigned as South Africa's president on Wednesday. Once a hero of the resistance to apartheid, Mr. Zuma became increasingly embroiled in sordid corruption scandals, prompting the A.N.C. to elect another leader ...
Despite the overwhelming challenges, Irish democracy put down firm roots in the first two decades of independence which have stood it in good stead ever since. We have been wont to take that for granted but a new book Party politics in a New democracy by historian Mel Farrell details just what a ...
Mayor Bill de Blasio offered a bleak view of civic life in New York and the nation on Tuesday night. If put to canvas, his State of the City speech setting forth an agenda for his second term might well be colored in 50 shades of charcoal gray. He spoke about "the decline of democracy," about a country at risk ...
Today the dangers to many countries' sovereignty and security come not from a United States that spent the last decade retrenching, but from what the National Endowment For Democracy calls "sharp power" -- foreign influence operations designed to subvert democratic institutions for strategic advantage.
If you're old enough to remember the Cold War, maybe you think of democracy as sacrosanct, an often-endangered ideal worth fighting for. But if the Berlin Wall was before your time, you might not take the value of democracy as given. That's one conclusion that can be drawn from recent studies that ...
The Times author notes that "Conservatives are often unmoved by complaints that our system is undemocratic, arguing that America was intended not as a democracy but a republic." Then she declares, "But if this was true at the founding, it's probably not how most Americans understand their country today, ...
Both places offer a reminder that President Trump's various attacks on democracy and the rule of law shouldn't make anyone despondent. They should inspire you to find ways to fight back on behalf of basic American values. (An aside: I'm reading David Frum's new book, "Trumpocracy," and it's especially ...
The U.N. human rights chief on Wednesday called the declaration of a state of emergency in the Maldives and the resulting suspension of constitutional guarantees an "all-out assault on democracy." Political turmoil has swept the Maldives since a surprise court ruling last week that ordered the release of ...
Today, it is democracy that finds itself battered and weakened. For the 12th consecutive year, according to Freedom in the World, countries that suffered democratic setbacks outnumbered those that registered gains. States that a decade ago seemed like promising success stories--Turkey and Hungary, ...
Zuma's reluctance to leave office is offering sound lessons in democracy. February 6, 2018 10.34am EST. Roger Southall. Author. Roger Southall. Professor of sociology, University of the Witwatersrand. Disclosure statement. Roger Southall receives funding from the National Research Foundation.
Regardless of its outcome, today's vote of the European Parliament - for or against transnational lists - must be rendered decipherable by first disentangling it from the ongoing, interinstitutional power play and, second, contextualising it within the broader debate about the future direction of EU democracy. Despite voting for ...
law enforcement agencies, intelligence agencies and the courts in most democracies are at least supposed to be independent, neutral arbiters. They are not supposed to play on the government's side. In many politicized, weak or failing democracies, you see governments exert varying degrees of control ...
In addition to his academic work, he has worked as a consultant and advisor for a variety of projects relating to democracy reform, inequality, and economic policy for philanthropic foundations and Think Tanks, including the Hewlett Foundation, the democracy Fund, New America, and the Roosevelt Institute.
"In the face of what is a threat to our democracy, I believe that all of us - individuals, governments, and media old and new - must accept our responsibility to help sustain a genuinely pluralist public debate for the future," she will say. "It is online where some of the most troubling behaviour now occurs …
North America has been classed as a "flawed democracy", falling short of the threshold of a fully democratic society for the second year running, according to a comprehensive new report. The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) produces an annual review ranking countries on their adherence to 60 distinct ...
In 1997, when the economist Amartya Sen was asked what he thought the most important development of the 20th century had been, he chose the establishment of democracy as a "universal value". To understand what he meant by this, consider the extraordinary way that our understanding of democracy ...
But, unpopularity might be the least of democracy's problems. The annual democracy Index report by The Economist Intelligence Unit shows that democratic governments are in trouble everywhere. Of the 167 countries ranked this year, 89 of them received lower scores than last year. The scores reflect a ...
Nashville -- No one was shocked last week when SouthComm Inc., a Nashville-based media company, announced it was selling The Nashville Scene, its flagship alternative newsweekly. SouthComm had already sold or was in the process of selling its newspapers in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Kansas City, ...
But, wait, isn't the rule of law one of the defining characteristics of a democracy, which The Philippines claims to be? In free democracies, the law is supreme and is equally applied to everyone. government officials, including the president and others who wield power, are accountable under the law.
Jakarta (THE JAKARTA POST/Asia NEWS NETWORK) - democracy moves in a mysterious way. As a form of government it is always in flux, with some countries making a transition from dictatorship in one moment, while others jettisoning the system in another. There's no assurance that once a country ...
"This is a new crisis for democracy," said Willy Mutunga, a former chief justice of the Kenyan Supreme Court, who left the bench in 2016. "Defying a court order is subverting the rule of law." The events in Kenya over the past week are a stunning about-face in a country praised mere months ago as a shining ...
democracy is disintegrating in Venezuela, and American leaders are outraged. Our vociferous ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, denounced a recent constitutional referendum in Venezuela as a "sham" and "another step toward dictatorship." Senators Marco Rubio and Bob Menendez ...
There are images that come to mind when we imagine a democracy's end. Democracies fall in coups and revolutions, burn in fires and riots, collapse amid war and plague. When they die, they die screaming. Not anymore, argue Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt in their new book, How Democracies Die.
These comments on the global fate of democracy, the second part of the series Is democracy Dead or Alive?, are gathered by Democratic Theory and co-published with the Sydney democracy Network. Several of these comments will feature as full-length articles in a special issue of Democratic Theory.
Call it the teleprompter delusion: the tendency of the US political class to seize gratefully on any occasion when Donald Trump manages to stand in front of an Autocue and read the words written for him without frothing at the mouth. The Pundits then hail the achievement as a turning point and the birth of a ...
In America, we love democracy. Whether we're selecting which restaurant to go to for dinner or choosing our elected officials, our preferred method of making the decision is to put it to a vote and abide by what the most people want. This love for democracy is based on the idea that, in order to bring about ...
Nations are then classified under four types of governments: full democracy, flawed democracy, hybrid regime and authoritarian regime. Within the region, only Australia and New Zealand classified as full democracies last year, the report found. Meanwhile, "Asia's two largest emerging democracies, India ...
These questions and more will be examined in a semesterlong series of lectures on "The Difficulty of democracy: Challenges and Prospects," hosted by the College of Art and sciences' Program on Ethics and Public Life (EPL). The series features six eminent social scientists and will take place in Hollis E.
The United States was founded as a republic, not a democracy. As Alexander Hamilton and James Madison made clear in the Federalist Papers, the essence of this republic would consist--their emphasis--"IN THE TOTAL EXCLUSION OF THE PEOPLE, IN THEIR COLLECTIVE CAPACITY, from any ...
The U.S. is 21st, and considered a "flawed democracy." Big movers: Venezuela is now considered authoritarian, with Indonesia also dropping significantly. The Gambia took the biggest step forward. Why it matters: In the second half of the 20th century, there was a strong trend toward more democracy around the world.


 

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