The ‘third wave’ of autocratisation and the dangers to democracy

The world is currently witnessing a wave of autocratisation, and yet over half of all countries remain democracies. These are the results of the first long-term study of democratisation and…

Renat Künzi | 02.04.2019
Eulogy of David Held

The following eulogy is based on the speech given at David Held’s funeral, West London Synagogue, Golders Green Cemetery, on 18 March 2019. David Held, born in London, 27 August…

Daniele Archibugi | 28.03.2019
Global rule of law continues to decline, but resistance is gaining strength

Recently, the World Justice Project (WJP) and Human Rights Watch (HRW) released their annual reports that give snapshots of the current state of democracy across the globe. While both documents…

Amy Oloo | 19.03.2019
Swiss Senate calls on government to examine UN’s democratic deficit

Approving a proposal by Swiss Senator Daniel Jositsch, the upper chamber of the Swiss Parliament on 13 March 2019 formally called on the Swiss government to make a statement on…

DWB | 13.03.2019
Global freedom continues to decline but promise of democracy endures

Freedom House in Washington D.C. recently published its 2019 report on Freedom in the World, finding that in the previous year overall global freedom declined for the 13th consecutive time. While…

Charles Marsh | 22.02.2019
The case for a UN Parliamentary Assembly and the Inter-Parliamentary Union

This paper looks into the relationship between the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the proposed United Nations Parliamentary Assembly (UNPA). It outlines the characteristics of these two bodies and provides an…

DWB & Andreas Bummel | 06.02.2019
European Parliament calls on Council to become more transparent

On 17 January 2019 the European Parliament adopted a resolution demanding the Council of the European Union (Council) to become more democratic, transparent and accountable to the European public. The…

Petter Ölmunger | 30.01.2019
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