A call to action: For an inclusive and effective UN reform summit in 2020
The 24th of October, 2020 will mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. This constitutes an opportunity – a chance for civil society to push for improved world governance.Beyond…
Fergus Watt | 06.02.2018
Joe Schwartzberg: Advocate of a workable world
The creation of the United Nations following the Second World War was one of the greatest steps so far towards achieving a peaceful and just world order. The UN, however,…
Andreas Bummel | 05.02.2018
Reimagining Democracy: What if votes were a crypto-currency?
As trust in the political system seems to be on decline in many democracies across the world, it is time to envision new ideas to reinvigorate and strengthen democracy in…
Prabhul Chandra | 02.02.2018
V-Dem confirms global democratic backslide, but levels remain high
The annual report of the Varieties of Democracy Project (V-Dem) that was released in May 2017 concluded that “the average level of democracy in the world seems to have regressed…
Andrew McAllister | 22.01.2018
Freedom House report for 2018 finds “democracy in crisis”
In their recent annual report on the state of global freedom, Freedom House in Washington D.C. provided worrying figures. Stating that “democracy faced its most serious crisis in decades”, the…
Charles Marsh | 19.01.2018
It’s not about whether we want a global regime, but what it should look like
The idea of a world state is not having its best moment. Comparing the use of the term over time, a pattern emerges: intensive discussions about a global regime took…
Manuel Müller | 11.01.2018
How autocratic regimes try to undermine democracy at home and abroad
A recent publication by Rachel Vanderhill of Wofford College’s department on government and international affairs charted the efforts of autocratic regimes to undermine the diffusion of democracy within their respective…
Charles Marsh | 17.12.2017
New periodic report looks into the global state of democracy
Study prepared by International IDEAIn November the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) based in Stockholm published the first edition of its new flagship report titled “The…
Andrew McAllister | 06.12.2017
Seven reasons why there should be open borders
Let’s be honest, most people are already in favor of free movement – at least for themselves. If we care about poverty and justice, we need to start working towards…
Aisha Dodwell | 05.12.2017
A strong planetary government for shared responsibilities
On November 27, Dominique de Buman was elected as President of the lower house of the Swiss parliament, the National Council. One year ago he published a piece on planetary…
Dominique de Bumann | 28.11.2017
Survey confirms global support for democracy but also gives cause for concern
Large majority supports democracy in 38-nation surveyThe Pew Research Centre recently published the results of a 38-nation survey on global attitudes to democracy. According to the study, “there are reasons…
Charles Marsh | 20.11.2017
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