A call to action: For an inclusive and effective UN reform summit in 2020

A call to action: For an inclusive and effective UN reform summit in 2020 1200 710 Fergus Watt

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…

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Joe Schwartzberg: Advocate of a workable world

Joe Schwartzberg: Advocate of a workable world 1172 794 Andreas Bummel

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,…

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Reimagining Democracy: What if votes were a crypto-currency?

Reimagining Democracy: What if votes were a crypto-currency? 1200 733 Prabhul Chandra

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…

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V-Dem confirms global democratic backslide, but levels remain high

V-Dem confirms global democratic backslide, but levels remain high 830 541 Andrew McAllister

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…

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Freedom House report for 2018 finds “democracy in crisis”

Freedom House report for 2018 finds “democracy in crisis” 1000 668 Charles Marsh

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…

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It’s not about whether we want a global regime, but what it should look like

It’s not about whether we want a global regime, but what it should look like 1200 675 Manuel Müller

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…

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How autocratic regimes try to undermine democracy at home and abroad

How autocratic regimes try to undermine democracy at home and abroad 2256 1368 Charles Marsh

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…

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New periodic report looks into the global state of democracy

New periodic report looks into the global state of democracy 1000 592 Andrew McAllister

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…

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Seven reasons why there should be open borders

Seven reasons why there should be open borders 3256 2000 Aisha Dodwell

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…

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A strong planetary government for shared responsibilities

A strong planetary government for shared responsibilities 946 601 Dominique de Bumann

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…

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