Clamour for change.
Massive youth unemployment and a legal system left over from dictatorship days are still holding Tunisia back.
South Africa has seen an upsurge in protests recently, but can it really be said to be less peaceful than dictatorships such as Equatorial Guinea and Gambia?
Indexes such as the Global Peace Index are used by a wide variety of players to make decisions ranging from investments to providing other support. But do they deserve this level of credibility?
Well if you’d just ASK someone Bernard…
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When it comes to choosing locations, the leaders of baboon packs take a step back.
The Abbott government has hid asylum policy behind ‘operational matters’ since it took office – starting with then-immigration minister Scott Morrison in 2013.
The withholding of information about government actions in asylum seeker policy undermines its democratic accountability to the Australian people.
Africa has suffered its fair share of military rule, but many countries are now electoral democracies.
Democracy in Africa has yet to be firmly anchored to withstand the strong currents that threaten it. Although most African countries are electoral democracies, most hold dubious elections.
Two new platforms: Meerkat and Periscope.
Filming, live-streaming, sharing on your smartphone – and what that could mean for governments.
Remittance recipients whose priority is the socioeconomic improvements of their lives were found to be less engaged with democratic processes.
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Remittances may hinder the development of democracy in sub-Saharan Africa. A lot depends on whether recipients value rights and freedom much more than improving their standard of living.
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How much money does the government spend on producing information? How many people are engaged in this? We don't know the answers - here's why we should.
Nothing of what William’s subjects had in life escaped the Domesday Book. Today, more covertly, those in power are using mass surveillance to collect all the digital details of our lives.
Almost 1000 years after their ruler demanded every detail of serfs' lives, the digital age and mass surveillance are creating a new and undemocratic imbalance between citizens and those with power over them.
Working for governance in Uganda.
A new method measures the hard data that makes it possible to distinguish which governments actually deliver results from those that don't.
Voters line up in Nigeria’s recent election. It was deemed free, fair and relatively peaceful.
Compared to other parts of the world, Africa is not a high-flyer in the area of election management. This can be attributed to the scourge of violence, fraud, corruption and intimidation.
How often do politicians lie?
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There may be only one way to tell the truth, but there are at least five ways to "lie." And our politicians seem to be the master of this art. A scholar decides to teach this to his students.
Too often, we think of "democracy" as what happens during an election campaign – but it goes much deeper than that.
Does relentlessly criticising Australia’s human rights record risk doing more harm than good?
Australia's human rights record isn't perfect, but it still good. if Australians aren't able to take some pride in that and be inspired to do even better, over-the-top criticism could backfire.
‘A smiley face? Seriously?’
Counting tens of thousands of paper votes is no small task. How does the UK get it done?
Corporate interests and wealthy individuals reckon they can turn a profit by cajoling politicians round to their way of thinking. So how can the humble electorate hope to respond?
The sun never sets on the British electorate.
The millions of Britons living abroad have a lot to gain or lose from this election. But will they bother to vote?
Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras and Pablo Iglesias of Podemos have taken their populist parties to victory in Greece and a lead in the polls in Spain.
The rise of left-wing populism challenges those who flatly denounced right-wing populism as undemocratic. Populism can appear as a democratic force in some contexts and anti-democratic in others.
More than 20 years ago, two American academics, Max Singer and Aaron Wildavsky, wrote about what they described as The Real World Order: Zones of Peace/Zones of Turmoil. As is the way with such things…
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Turkey's president is meant to be a non-partisan, ceremonial figure – but Recep Erdogan is openly asking voters to hand him more power.