Lowering the voting age to 16 would bring the age of political responsibility more in line with the age of criminal responsibility and the age of informed consent for medical procedures.
Several critical Canadian elections are ahead. Here's what governments and social media companies must do to assure Canadians that their online personal data won't be used to manipulate results.
Belief in American exceptionalism isn't just at odds with history and facts. It undermines the country's capacity to address looming challenges.
As part of preparing students to live in a democracy, schools should teach students how to engage in political dissent, a philosophy of education scholar argues.
Plato suggested we leave complex things to experts and Aristotle suggested we leave them to the people. That tension has carried through to modern debates about where expertise belongs.
The search for a direct causal connection from public opinion to specific policies, including gun control, may be like hunting for the holy grail. Many factors influence how legislation gets passed.
Youth participation in elections and governance processes in Zimbabwe is low.
The abolition of citizen referendums in the Netherlands will do little to remedy the distrust in the political system – and could strengthen Geert Wilders' far-right party.
Our current politically turbulent times in the US are difficult – but not unusual. History shows that fragility is the norm. Get used to it. What is unusual are moments of calm.
South Africa's governing party, the African National Congress, poses a danger to democracy by continuiing to blur the lines between the state and the party.
Decades ago, the CIA created a secret department dedicated to spreading anti-communist propaganda around the globe. A scholar explains how it is comparable to Russian meddling through social media.
South Africa's new administration, under the leadership of Cyril Ramaphosa, can make some quick wins by focusing on fixing a few key areas.
Politicians assume that voters cannot face the financial truth. To democracy experts this is just wrong. Involving voters results in better budgets as shows history from ancient Greece.
There are several steps South Africa's governing party must take to strengthen democracy now that Jacob Zuma has resigned.
Researchers reveal the ways the US election system is under threat – only one of which has anything to do with Russia.
One way of improving e-government usage could be for the Lebanese government to work better the locally elected agent.
Africa needs strong institutions. But they can only be built if there's a change in leadership.
The State of the Union address, a traditional exercise for US presidents was marked this year by a great divergence on tone and words, showing the clear dictatorial style of the American leader.
Citizen activists can influence the policy positions of their elected representatives. Their activism might well counter the advantages of the wealthy in America.
An expert on secrecy in government explains the downsides and limits of transparency.