Democracy Without Borders

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
Our planet suffers many challenges such as armed conflict, excessive profits, human trafficking, corruption, environmental destruction, violation of freedom of belief or the violation of individual rights. This list is…
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
Global ID: digital system in the making to provide a legal identity for all
Implementing Sustainable Development Goal 16.9Having no legal identity means not existing officially. One fifth of the world’s population lacks proper identification and about 50 million children are born without legal…
Lisa Schüller | 13.11.2017
News from the Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly
The Campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly (UNPA) has recorded numerous positive developments since May 2017. A significant milestone was reached in August when the 1500th member of parliament endorsed…
DWB | 09.11.2017
We need to proclaim humanity’s right to self-determination
From November 3-5, Milo Rau and the Institute for Political Murder (IIPM) convened a General Assembly at the theatre Schaubühne in Berlin as “a concept of an actual world parliament” in…
Andreas Bummel | 06.11.2017
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