Switzerland’s open air voting is one of the oldest and simplest forms of direct democracy and it’s called “Landsgemeinde” is now streamed online.
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A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced legislation that would admit Puerto Rico into the union as the 51st state without a referendum on the island.
The pimple head that is Donald Trump Jr recently claimed that British democracy is dead after Parliament didn’t approve Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement for the second time. Is there any truth to what this talking flannel has claimed?
Swiss capital of Bern’s authorities have given the go-ahead for the city to host the ninth Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy next year.
New podcast from the Democratic Society with Hanne Bastiaensen about her work on balancing offline and online voting in Antwerp’s participatory budget.
Over the last decade, many national governments have looked trapped. One factor was the austerity that followed the financial crisis.
Biel (Bienne, in French) is best-known for being the capital of Swiss watchmaking and for being the biggest bilingual town in the country.
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.