The worry was that new rules would make life impossible for citizen campaigners, who rely on human contact and rallies to launch initiatives.
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Some have warned that populist drives are likely to cause democracies to die. However, democracy contains the seeds of its own recovery.
A new perspective looks at the role of people activism in shaping democracy. It argues that it plays a key role in building democratic resilience.
“People power, which democratized countries from South Korea and Poland in the 1980s to Georgia and Ukraine in the 2000s and Tunisia in 2010, has been on a losing streak”, perspective.
Allowing Americans to vote, by referendum, on the biggest issues wouldn’t be legally challenging or risky.
Ukraine is geopolitically sandwiched between European democracy and Russian kleptocracy. Its civil society remains its best chance to fight-off the latter.
The partisan nature of the impeachment process is the stamp of America’s flawed democracy. The people, not Congress should be the ones to impeach or acquit.
The parliament of the Region of Brussels in Belgium amended its internal regulations to allow the formation of ‘deliberative committees’.
Populism erodes participation. An interesting new article examines views espoused by key experts on how to allow for participation without populism.
Boris Johnson will have to ask EU to delay Brexit after Parliament blocks vote on Brexit deal. However, the British PM said he won’t negotiate a delay.