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28-07-2020
French Citizens want a referendum on climate measures
A survey shows that 81% of French adults are in favor of submitting the most important proposals made by the recent Citizens’ Convention on Climate in France to a Referendum. The measures drafted by 150 randomly-selected citizens also find significant approval in French society...
10-07-2020
Democracy in times of Corona- Online Discussions
It is our mission as Democracy International to promote and uphold the value of democracy, especially during the current global pandemic. Whereas, some countries have showed themselves to be resolute in upholding democratic standards, others have witnessed varying degrees of...
21-06-2020
Final propositions of the French Citizens' Convention on Climate
The Citizens’ Convention on Climate wound to a close this Sunday in Paris, after nine months of deliberation, with a strong call for a shift towards a low-carbon economy, with extensive changes in the...
07-05-2020
Digital tools, Solidarity & Transnationalism: Opportunities for the ECI in times of Corona
While timely and necessary, the measures to halt the spread of COVID-19 have had an enormous impact not only on our daily lives, but also on our democracies. In this series, we try to asses how democratic practice has been affected and how we can make our future democracies more...
06-05-2020
Don't fear the voter
John Matsusaka is Charles F. Sexton Chair in American Enterprise in the Marshall School of Business and the Gould School of law at the University of Southern California. He also an expert in direct democracy and he serves as the executive director of the Initiative &...
06-05-2020
What the Austrian lockdown teaches us about our basic civil rights
While timely and necessary, the measures to halt the spread of COVID-19 have had an enormous impact not only on our daily lives, but also on our democracies. In this series, we try to asses how democratic practice has been affected and how we can make our future democracies more...
06-05-2020
Postponed: The 2020 Global Forum is now the 2021 Global Forum
The Covid-19 crisis has deeply affected public life all around the world, the Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy is no exception to this. In order to ensure that the Forum can remain a truly global event, we are postponing the event to 28 April - 1 May 2021. Read the letter...
06-05-2020
Local initiatives in Germany need better rules in times of (Corona-)crisis
While timely and necessary, the measures to halt the spread of COVID-19 have had an enormous impact not only on our daily lives, but also on our democracies. In this series, we try to asses how democratic practice has been affected and how we can make our future democracies more...
06-05-2020
French local elections in democratic limbo
While timely and necessary, the measures to halt the spread of COVID-19 have had an enormous impact not only on our daily lives, but also on our democracies. In this series, we try to asses how democratic practice has been affected and how we can make our future democracies more...
Photo: Grand débat national organisé à Reims - G.Garitan (CC BY-SA 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/ licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en
18-03-2020
The 2019 Grand Débat National in France: A Participatory Experiment with Limited Legitimacy
Everyone remembers the Yellow Vests movement. Few remember the Grand Débat National. Yet, together they make up this singular political moment, between October 2018 and March 2019, France went through. If holding citizens’ consultations is by no means novel, what made the French...

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