Why the Australian Postal Vote on Gay Marriage is an abuse of direct democracy.
By Caroline Vernaillen
“Direct democracy is a safety valve”
In Country in focus, Democracy International takes a closer look at advances in modern direct democracy and citizen participation worldwide. This month, the spotlight is on the United States.
In 1998, frustrated by the lack of information on direct democratic instruments, Dane...
Save the Dutch referendum
The brand-new Dutch government yesterday released their coalition agreement, which includes the abolition of the Law on the Consultative Referendum, a mechanism that is only two years old. Arjen Nijeboer, of the Dutch organisation Meer...
Launch of the Global passport to Modern Direct Democracy
In a democracy, formal popular votes are important to the exercise of people power.
"Dissatisfied with Democracy"
The rightwing AfD party has made it into the German Bundestag. What's up with democracy in Germany? Are the Germans not ready for direct democracy? And wouldn't nationwide referendums be dangerous in view of this election result? We asked the Swiss political scientist Andreas...
Building a European Public Sphere
60 years ago, European countries pledged to work together more closely to prevent more of the disastrous wars that had marked the history of the continent. The creation of the European Union heralded the longest period of peace and economic growth in modern history. But the past...
Swedish model direct democracy
In Country in focus, Democracy International takes a closer look at advances in modern direct democracy and citizen participation worldwide. This month, the spotlight is on Sweden.
On 13 September, Sweden marked the National Citizens’ Initiative Day with the release of a...
Window of opportunity for direct democracy
It is a critical moment for modern democracy. In the months to come, the fate of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) - the first tool of participatory and direct democracy at the transnational level - will be decided.
“Stop Glyphosate” - Fourth successful ECI
On 3rd July the organisers of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) “Stop Glyphosate” submitted more than one million signatures to the European Commission, making it the fourth successful ECI and the first successfully submitted ECI in over two years. The goal of the ECI is...
‘We need to awake from apathy and powerlessness’
In Country in focus, Democracy International takes a closer look at advances in direct democracy and citizen participation worldwide. This month, the spotlight is on Hungary.
From 19 to 21 May 2017, Democracy International held a 'Happening for our Democratic Culture' in...