‘Hashtag activism’ is not the solution to democratic inequality

‘Hashtag activism’ is not the solution to democratic inequality

The internet offers of swathe of new opportunities for democratic interaction, but how does this affect engagement levels among different groups? In this Policy Network repost, Mark Hooghe, Sofie Marien, and Jennifer Oser argue that what they term ‘hashtag activism’ is an inadequate solution to democratic equality.   Similar PostsAn Athenian solution to democratic discontentThe complexity […]

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Why participatory governance offers a realistic route to addressing the EU’s legitimacy crisis

Why participatory governance offers a realistic route to addressing the EU’s legitimacy crisis

How can EU decision-making be brought closer to Europe’s citizens? Based on a case study of the ‘REACH’ regulation governing the production and use of chemical substances, Karl-Oskar Lindgren writes on the potential for a participatory governance approach to increase the EU’s legitimacy by enhancing the capacity for stakeholders and civil society actors to play […]

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20 things we learned about democracy in February 2015

20 things we learned about democracy in February 2015

February is the shortest month of the year, but with May’s General Election waddling ever closer, democracy factoids are never far away. Here, Democratic Audit UK’s Sean Kippin rounds up 20 more inane, amusing, and occasionally interesting bits of trivia and research for your amusement.  Similar Posts20 things we learned about democracy in January 2015‘Harperism’: […]

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An Athenian solution to democratic discontent

An Athenian solution to democratic discontent

New forms of contact democracy and innovative forums that allow political and economic institutions to deliberate with citizens are important steps in the long-term battle to renew representative democracy for the 21st century. They should not be seen as a threat to formal systems of government but as important add-ons that enrich democracy and give […]

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The answer to the crisis of democracy is not to abandon the ritual of voting on election day

The answer to the crisis of democracy is not to abandon the ritual of voting on election day

Election day is a time when citizens, it could be said, come together to share in their democratic inheritance. Reforms – some old and some new – aimed at increasing electoral participation such as early, postal, and proxy voting, have undermined this, according to Graeme Orr.  Similar Posts

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Lower education levels goes hand in hand with support for direct democracy

Lower education levels goes hand in hand with support for direct democracy

What role does education play in the type of political system that citizens would like to see implemented in their country? Hilde Coffé presents results from a study, in collaboration with Ank Michels, using survey data in the Netherlands. The research shows that while all education groups have similar levels of support for representative democracy, […]

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Parties’ pre-election signals can and do influence strategic voting, according to evidence from Sweden

Parties’ pre-election signals can and do influence strategic voting, according to evidence from Sweden

Britain is entering what appears to be a period of multi-party politics, with the old two party system seemingly disintegrating before our eyes. In this context, tactical voting takes on added importance, with numerous members of the electorate willing to ‘hold their nose’ and vote for a party they do not favour in order to […]

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In a close contest, will money make a difference?

In a close contest, will money make a difference?

What impact will money have on the 2015 General Election, set to be held in May of this year? Justin Fisher looks at the financial state of play of main parties, and predicts that 2015 will be very tight – at least in terms of who spends the most money of campaigning – but that […]

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Debate part 2: should adding ‘None of the Above’ to ballot papers be a priority for UK political reformers?

Debate part 2: should adding ‘None of the Above’ to ballot papers be a priority for UK political reformers?

Democratic Audit UK recently hosted part one of a debate between Emma Rome and Richard Berry on the pressing need – or otherwise – to add a ‘None of the Above’ option to UK ballot papers. Proponents argue that true democracy cannot exist without this option, whereas sceptics argue that the measure would have a marginal […]

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Political discussions on Twitter during elections are dominated by those with extreme views

Political discussions on Twitter during elections are dominated by those with extreme views

What do discussions on social media platforms tell us about political behaviour? Pablo Barberá and Gonzalo Rivero outline results from a study of 12,000 Spanish Twitter users during the 2011 Spanish general election and 50,000 American Twitter users during the 2012 U.S. presidential election. They find that users who were on the extreme left or […]

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