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.
As the American colonists famously said: 'No taxation without representation.'
Uncertainty is built into democracy, but we are seeing more talk of crisis and more attempts at redefinition. So where does this leave citizens who want to have a meaningful say in how they live?
Sylvia Pankhurst's book is the dominant narrative of the time, but was she unfair to her sister Christabel?
Reforms to the judiciary are a threat to democracy – and that affects us all.
Democracy takes many forms, some of them democracy in name only. Confusion and misappropriation complicate the public struggle for the democracy to come, but this challenge is always unending.
Zimbabwe's Emmerson Mnangagwa and South Africa's Cyril Ramaphosa need to sharpen their thinking and get to work.
Distributed-energy technologies are a disruptive force that can improve the quality of life for the world's most disadvantaged and poor.
Do businesses have to act like businesses? Or could we pay slightly more for goods, like coffee, and recognize that stability for working people is essential to a robust economy.
Mass demonstrations in Tunisia indicate anger over the government's decision to raise taxes, but its more complex.
The Venezuelan government has just announced that it will hold a presidential election by the end of April. Despite pervasive hunger and discontent, democracy still doesn't stand a chance.
Is it really time to eulogise democracy, or are we rather on the cusp of a new phase in its long and varied life?