Biel (Bienne, in French) is best-known for being the capital of Swiss watchmaking and for being the biggest bilingual town in the country.
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The symbolic value of citizen participation in decision-making should not be underestimated, the actual importance of direct democracy in Switzerland.
Politics as a part-time job: That’s the idea of the militia system. Thousands of Swiss officials have a normal occupation and do politics on the side.
NYC’s Participatory Budgeting program is the second oldest in the USA and it’s by far the largest, with it affecting the lives of four million residents.
As the gap between rich and poor widens, so too does trust in political institutions and faith in democracy itself. Democracy is opposite to inequality.
Swiss authorities in the canton of Zug “announced that the Alpine nation’s first local blockchain-based test vote had been successfully completed.”
Populist parties are on the rise in most European countries. But the citizens that back them also support more direct democracy. Do they deliver it?
The danger is not in partisanship, it is in allowing partisans to control government. The question is how do we accommodate partisanship in our political infrastructure, without allowing parties to control the process?
Participative democracy could make policies more efficient for poverty eradication in India, but only when there is no asymmetry of information.
The International Observatory on Participatory Democracy conference was in Barcelona where PB was explored, how it can be used and what its limitations are.