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Direct Democracy

Direct Democracy

      Setback for Direct Democracy in Austria, 24 Apr. by Meret Baumann In Austria the two Public Initiatives “Against Church Privileges” and “Democracy Now!” have failed to reach the required number of 100,000 signatures. But its proponents missed not only this particular requirement for consideration in Parliament: never before have such initiatives found […]

Middle East Awakening

When the democratic revolt in Tunisia successfully ousted the old regime, the world reacted with amazement. Democracy from below in the Arab world? After the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak’s 30 year-old regime in Egypt, the heartland of the Middle East, amazement has turned into certainty. The Middle East has awakened and begun to enter the […]

Democracy Paradox

Elections stolen in Iran, disputed in Afghanistan, and caricatured in Gabon: recent ballots in these and many other countries do not so much mark the global advance of democracy as demonstrate the absence of the rule of law. Of course, elections that lead to illiberal outcomes, and even to despotism, are not a new phenomenon. […]

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