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2018 Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy
06-12-2017
Join us for the 2018 Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy
To anyone on earth who is interested in democracy: It’s not every day that you get an invitation to Rome to discuss the democratic future of the world. But today is not every day. So we have the great privilege to invite you to join us in Rome, September 26-29  for the 2018...
ECI Rescue Team
01-11-2017
Update on ECI Reform – Headed in the Right Direction
The European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI), the world’s first transnational direct-democratic instrument, is very much in the making. In spring at the annual ECI Day, the European Commission’s First Vice President Frans Timmermans announced a powerful revision process to improve...
Voters not Politicians
01-11-2017
Michigan campaign aims to restore democratic power back to the citizens
In Country in focus, Democracy International takes a closer look at advances in modern direct democracy and citizen participation worldwide. This month, the spotlight is on the United States. In the 2016 state House race in Michigan (USA) to fill 110 seats, Republicans and...
Rainbow flag. Image by Ludovic Bertron
01-11-2017
Conning democracy
Why the Australian Postal Vote on Gay Marriage is an abuse of direct democracy. By Caroline Vernaillen
Dane Waters
01-11-2017
“Direct democracy is a safety valve”
In Country in focus, Democracy International takes a closer look at advances in modern direct democracy and citizen participation worldwide. This month, the spotlight is on the United States. In 1998, frustrated by the lack of information on direct democratic instruments, Dane...
Save the Dutch Referendum
11-10-2017
Save the Dutch referendum
The brand-new Dutch government yesterday released their coalition agreement, which includes the abolition of the Law on the Consultative Referendum, a mechanism that is only two years old. Arjen Nijeboer, of the Dutch organisation Meer...
Save the Dutch Referendum
11-10-2017
Red het Referendum
De nieuwe Nederlandse regering heeft gisteren aangekondigd dat ze het raadgevend referendum, dat amper twee jaar bestaat, wil afschaffen! Niesco Dubbelboer en Arjen Nijeboer, van onze Nederlandse partnerorganisatie, Meer Democratie,...
Global Passport to Modern Direct Democracy
28-09-2017
Launch of the Global passport to Modern Direct Democracy
In a democracy, formal popular votes are important to the exercise of people power.
Andi Gross
27-09-2017
"Dissatisfied with Democracy"
The rightwing AfD party has made it into the German Bundestag. What's up with democracy in Germany? Are the Germans not ready for direct democracy? And wouldn't nationwide referendums be dangerous in view of this election result? We asked the Swiss political scientist Andreas...
Launch of the European Public Sphere
25-09-2017
Building a European Public Sphere
60 years ago, European countries pledged to work together more closely to prevent more of the disastrous wars that had marked the history of the continent. The creation of the European Union heralded the longest period of peace and economic growth in modern history. But the past...

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