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Democratic Innovations

🔮 Chatbot politicians: who are they, and what is their connection to populism?

April 4, 2024

Engaging Chile’s neglected voters could have avoided constitutional defeat

January 12, 2024

🎭 Designing for democratic transformations

November 28, 2023

Are British voters ready for i-voting?

August 11, 2023

🦋 Herman Melville’s ruthless democracy

August 3, 2023
May 19, 2023

How technology saved Nigeria's electoral integrity

Muhammad Edita Since 2015, technology has helped consolidate Nigerian democracy by ensuring transparency and fairness in elections. Yet, writes Muhammad Edita, in Nigeria's most recent elections, the malfunctioning or manipulation of technology has โ€“ paradoxically โ€“ led to defeated parties challenging electoral results Read more
May 15, 2023

๐Ÿ’Šย Local government in the US: lessons for a decentralising UK

Joanie Willett Local elections have just taken place in the UK. Yet despite decades of devolution deals, and various iterations of 'Levelling Up', UK local government remains economically unequal and centralised.โ€ฏThe US, by contrast is highly decentralised. Joanie Willett says we can learn from the US about the importance of capacity building, a vibrant civil society, and encouraging people to feel invested in their townsโ€™ future Read more
May 4, 2023

๐Ÿ’Š Neighbourhood democracy โ€“ why we urgently need new models

Mark McKergow Conventional democracy does not serve the community or neighbourhood level well. We must find alternative ways to facilitate inclusive action, support those seeking to make a difference (often with tiny resources), and build co-operation. Mark McKergow and Jenny Clarke set out key features of neighbourhood democracy, and suggest relevant practices as inspiration Read more
April 19, 2023

๐Ÿฆ‹ Inclusive democracy: a second-generation design

Karen Celis Fixing numbers is not enough. In their second-generation design for inclusive democracy, Karen Celis and Sarah Childs refashion representation processes to incentivise elected representatives to care more for diverse citizens. The designed-for effects? Experiencing better representation โ€˜in the roundโ€™, the most marginalised feeling recognised by and connected with democratic politics Read more
April 14, 2023

๐Ÿ’Š Nonviolent resistance can facilitate a transition from autocracy to democracy

Justin Kempf Many political scientists have analysed democratic backsliding. Justin Kempf shows how some are helping activists refine their strategies and tactics to challenge autocrats and the basis of their rule. This provides an example of how political science can do much more than just conducting analysis and providing simple diagnoses Read more

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