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We publish reports to monitor referenda and we issue papers to present our position on actual (direct) democracy issues around the globe.

On this site you find our most recent publications in chronological order. They are also sorted by type: monitoring reports, position papers, charts and hard cover books. 
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Position Paper
Challenging separation. Three main points processes towards independence have in common

The referendum in Scotland on 18 September 2014 is an exemplary model of how to deal with the process of separation. This is the result of an assessment by Democracy International, which has analysed the Scottish case by elaborating the three...

Position Paper
ECI Support Centre. Improving the European Citizens Initiative

This paper published by the European Citizen Action Service (ECAS) in September 2013 describes the current situation of the European Citizens Initiative (ECI), focusing on the main obstacles and issues that ECI organisers face before and during...

Position Paper
Tunisia’s New Constitution - An analysis of its legal design

On 26 January 2014, the Constitutional Assembly of Tunisia adopted a new Constitution in the heartland of the “Arab Spring”: An overwhelming majority of 200 votes backed the draft while only 12 votes rejected it. This vote in favour meant that a...

Position Paper
Better direct democracy in Bulgaria - Will politicians listen to citizens' demands?

After the resignation of the Bulgarian government in February 2013, people shared via social media and in public debates Icelanders’ and Swiss people’s achievements with regards to direct democracy and demanded to implement better forms of direct...

Position Paper
Mehr Demokratie in Europa durch einen europäischen Konvent

Democracy International, gemeinsam mit einem großen Bündnis von Partnerorganisationen, fordert in einer breit angelegten Kampagne einen europäischen Konvent ein. Die Initiative verlangt nicht nur, dass ein Konvent bei den nächsten substantiellen...

Position Paper
Direct Political Participation in the Republic of Ireland: Citizen-initiated referendums on the horizon?

During the past year, direct democracy has emerged in discussions on political and institutional reform in the Republic of Ireland. At present, referendums to amend the Irish constitution are obligatory but only at the initiative of the...

Position Paper
Liquid Democracy versus Direct Democracy through Initiative and Referendum: Which is best?

Liquid democracy (LD) has been adopted as the basic model of democracy of, among others, many Pirate Parties. It is supposed to be a practicable alternative to both representative (RD) and direct democracy (DD). But is this really the ccase?...

Position Paper
The European Citizens Initiative Briefing

One year after the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) has entered into practice it is time to assess what the first instrument of transnational direct democracy actually has delivered. In this view the briefing contains two essays: In his survey...

Position Paper
From the Crisis to Direct Democracy? The case of Iceland

After the big financial crisis starting in 2008, Iceland has the potential to reinvent itself. In response to the devastating economic collapse caused by irresponsible bankers and politicians, Icelanders became active politically and struggled to...

Position Paper
Direct Democracy in Greece & the 2011 Referendum

During a parliamentary debate on austerity measures in June, the Greek Prime Minister announced a national referendum on “major changes” to be held in the fall. Details as to the exact scope or timing have yet to be released. If held, it will be...


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