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    How effective is online communication between the elected and their electors?

How effective is online communication between the elected and their electors?

In its early days, some considered the internet to be the silver bullet that could deal with the deficits of representative democracy. Others had been less optimistic vis-à-vis its potential to foster democracy. Hartwig Pautz looks at whether the e-democracy tool WriteToThem allows for meaningful communication between citizens and their elected representatives.

Since its creation, the internet has been […]

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    Ending shareholder monopoly: why workers’ votes promote good corporate governance

Ending shareholder monopoly: why workers’ votes promote good corporate governance

A consensus is emerging that votes at work promote good corporate governance, argues Ewan McGaughey. Here he outlines behavioural, qualitative and quantitative evidence, and explains that votes at work in Britain have among the longest, richest histories in the world.

The UK is about to stop shareholders monopolising votes for company boards, with worker voice. Currently, asset managers control most […]

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    Local democracy with attitude: the Preston model and how it can reduce inequality

Local democracy with attitude: the Preston model and how it can reduce inequality

Could a grassroots development approach help address inequality? Julian Manley explains the concept behind the Preston model, and how worker-owned co-operatives supported by major local players could help empower communities.

The Preston Model has attracted the interest of Labour Party policy developers as a potential model for a future society. Both the Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell, and Ed Miliband have […]

Does protest really work in cosy democracies?

Does protest work? And is it more effective when it takes places in countries ruled by repressive regimes or those with democratically elected governments? Steve Crawshaw writes that if we think nothing will change, as people often do in democracies, that lack of belief becomes self-fulfilling.

For much of my life – first as a journalist, and then as a […]

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    What kind of democracy is this? Scholars must look beyond the populist signal

What kind of democracy is this? Scholars must look beyond the populist signal

Matt Flinders reflects on the changing nature of democratic politics and asks whether a focus upon all things ‘post’ – post-Trump, post-Brexit, post-truth, post-democratic, etc. – has prevented scholars and social commentators from looking beyond or beneath the populist signal.

Although there is no doubt that we live in ‘interesting times’, I cannot help but think that there is […]

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    A year since the UK voted to take back control – but control of what?

A year since the UK voted to take back control – but control of what?

The referendum was all about ‘taking back control’ from Brussels. The idea resonated among voters not only because of migration policy, but due to a lack of control over economic and democratic matters, argues Sarah Longlands. With the first anniversary of the referendum, we need to rethink how we approach ‘control’.

The central argument of the ‘Vote leave’ campaign during […]

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    Votey McVoteface: what’s driving the generational turnout gap – and why it matters

Votey McVoteface: what’s driving the generational turnout gap – and why it matters

With youth turnout having decreased dramatically over the past two decades, Laura Gardiner explains some of the drivers behind this change. She writes that, although housing insecurity may be driving young people away from engaging in the political process, it is precisely their vote that could precipitate meaningful change.

We are days away from a General Election. Candidates will be […]

The future of democracy: is there ground for optimism?

In what is often described as a post-political and post-truth world, is it worth being positive about democracy’s future? Is there even anything new to say about democracy altogether? Inspired by a new book on the crises of American democracy, Matthew Flinders takes a broader view and explains the book’s relevance and reach.

It is a brave scholar who dares […]