Randomly selecting citizens to take turns governing offers the promise of reinvigorating struggling democracies, making them more responsive to citizen needs and preferences.
Indonesia passes a regressive anti-democratic law – with more to come – just as BJ Habibie dies, the president who championed the dramatic reform process that transformed Indonesia after 1998.
Conservatives share some of the same values as environmentalists. Tapping into these can help tackle climate change.
New research shows parliamentarians believe the key to improving trust between them and their constituents is in improving links to the community and better educating the public about our democracy.
Since defending northern Syria from the Islamic State, Kurdish people have established an egalitarian society where women are equal, democracy is direct and religious freedom is guaranteed.
When the Rio Treaty was signed in 1947, an opportunity was missed to promote democracy in Latin America.
Protests in Ghana are often misunderstood which is why the root causes need to identified.
The middle classes are normally regarded as a bastion of democracy, but in Russia where many depend on the state for income, stability and economic security are prized over liberal values.
When ideas are presented as topics to be debated, rather than as facts to be learnt, students and democracy benefit.
Although cynical about today's political leaders, the views of young South Africans are surprisingly similar to those of the mid-1990s.
A reflection from a former student activist in 1998 on lessons her generation can learn from the 2019 student protests.
The DRC's state and public administration didn’t disappear, but changed: they were being built from the ground up, tailor-made to local actors’ interests.
The writing and adoption of a constitution is merely the start point, not the end of constitutional literacy
The risk of "pathocracy" is always close. And once entrenched, difficult to dislodge.
Citizens voting directly on policy seems like a good idea. But that led to the Brexit mess in the UK. In the US, two scholars say direct democracy deepens distrust of politics and government.
Advancements in computer technology are changing how Congress handles citizen communication, which affects how elected officials represent their constituents.
Parliaments were and remain institutions of frustrating negotiation and very often unpalatable compromise. They also represent an imperfect but significant check on the abuse of power.
Parliaments have been prorogued before – and revolution has ensued.
New York's Union Square is an important site in American labor history. One scholar's research illustrates the shifting meanings and inherent tensions of public space as an epicenter of civic life.
Outspoken Australian-Chinese democracy advocate Dr Yang Hengjun has been formally arrested in China on suspicion of spying, further straining relations between the two countries.