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    The global post-democratic order

    • Leigh Phillips
    19 January 2016
    Report

    In the era of globalisation, the steady removal of decision-making from democratic chambers by EU elites is serving as a blueprint for post-democratic governance around the world. Progressives must be ambitious and start putting forward ideas for a democratic world government as a viable alternative.

  2. Democracy is dead: Long live democracies!

    • Hilary Wainwright
    18 January 2016
    Report

    Building a real democracy in the face of corporate and financial power will require a rethinking of power and agency, unleashing the creative, experimental, knowledge-sharing and emancipatory approaches of social movements.

  3. The resistible rise of corporate power

    Hilary Wainwright
    20 October 2010
    Article

    The massive concentration and growth of corporate power poses a major threat to what remains of public services, highlighting the ever-deepening crisis of democracy, and the urgent need for people to reclaim the state.

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    Cross of Charter impasse, unfolding economy

    Walden Bello
    30 June 2009
    Article
    With its representative institutions severely weakened by unscrupulous political machinations, the fate of our constitutional democracy will once again depend on the direct democracy of the streets
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    Key to economic recovery lies in unlocking workers' creativity

    Hilary Wainwright
    05 May 2009
    Article
    The future of our public services will be as central to the next election as the future of the economy. The experience of Newcastle City Council shows that most political party leaders are wrong when they believe the solution lies in further competition and outsourcing.
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    Participatory democracy at the crossroads

    • Eurotopia No. 5
    24 September 2008
    Paper

    ‘Citizens’ participation’ is a fashionable political concept, but one that increasingly means all things to all people. It is time to reclaim ‘participation’ from those who would use it simply to legitimise existing political institutions. This issue of Eurotopia explores different models of participatory democracy in Europe.

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    Participation in Italy

    Anna Pizzo
    24 September 2008
    Article

    Anna Pizzo is a director of Carta (a partner in Eurotopia), and has been a councillor for three years in the Lazio region. Inspired by the experience of Porto Alegre, she has been working on ‘the borderline’ between the movements and the political institutions, in order to open up the Lazio regional council to the demands and pressures of the movements.

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    Managing water through participative processes: the case of Catalonia

    Jordi Pacheco i Canals
    24 September 2008
    Article

    Carlos, who is 13 years od, has left his house to go fishing. Not far away, there is a reservoir where he spends long hours watching the birds nest while he waits to catch a fish or two.

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    Participatory Democracy in 6 Steps

    Tomás Rodríguez Villasante
    24 September 2008
    Article

    Participatory Democracy in 6 Steps.

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    If participative democracy is the answer, what is the question?

    aleksej
    01 September 2008
    Article
    ‘Citizens’ participation’ is a fashionable political concept, but one that increasingly means all things to all people. It is time to reclaim ‘participation’ from those who would use it simply to legitimise existing political institutions, argues Joan Subirats.
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    Facing the problems, learning the lessons

    Hilary Wainwright
    01 September 2008
    Article

    Everywhere – from Brazil to Britain, from Barcelona to Berlin – the reality behind the language of ‘participation’ is contested, complex and contradictory. To encourage and support participatory democracy, a political party has to lead processes of experimentation, critical reflection and challenge, through which people are able to educate themselves to become subjects and therefore knowing actors.

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    Interview with Jeronimo Fernandez Cortes

    Eurotopia Team
    01 September 2008
    Article

    Jeronimo Fernandez Cortes, 43, is a member of the Federación de Asociaciones Gitanas Calí (Federation of Gypsy Calí Associations), an organisation that is a participant in the Albacete Participation Forum. 

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    Constituting change in a divided Bolivia

    21 January 2008
    Article
    Bolivia's proposed new constitution is an innovative and progressive document constructed out of the struggles by social movements in recent years, however securing national consensus will be an uphill struggle. An in-depth analysis of Bolivia's constitutional process.
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    After shock

    Oscar Reyes, Naomi Klein interviewed by Oscar Reyes
    01 October 2007
    Article
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    L'aube d'un nouveau Vénézuela

    Marcos Arruda
    02 August 2007
    Article
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    Fresh Spice: Red Pepper old and new

    Hilary Wainwright
    01 August 2007
    Article
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    Another magazine is possible

    Oscar Reyes
    01 August 2007
    Article
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    Reclaiming our past

    Hilary Wainwright, Paul Mason interviewed by Hilary Wainwright
    01 August 2007
    Article
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    Lessons of Porto Alegre

    Hilary Wainwright
    09 July 2007
    Article
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    La droite a gagné la bataille ideologique

    Susan George
    15 May 2007
    Article

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