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.
Why doesn't China put down the protests in Hong Kong? Maybe it doesn't want to.
By limiting access to social media and the internet, the government hurts the right to free speech of not only Papuan residents but also all Indonesians.
An analysis of pre-polling figures shows a surge in early voting, particularly in regional areas. But questions remain about how it affects the relationship between voters and parties.
The state in Ghana still justifies taking steps that amount to suppression of the media.
Deportees and other migrants return home wealthier, more educated and with more work experience than people who never left. This 'brain gain' benefits the whole community, financially and politically.
A significant change in political mentality is required to shore up one of Africa's leading lights.
Turkey's authoritarian leader, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, was handed a big defeat recently when his party's candidate lost a crucial election contest. Is this the beginning of Erdogan's demise?
The referendum was an exercise in ends, not means. But the way Britain deals with the result is crucial.