Category Archives: democratic reform overseas

what does the European Green surge mean?

Facebook4 Twitter2 Google+0Total: 6The Greens did very well in the EU elections. One interpretation is that a substantial minority of Europeans are now seriously focused on climate issues and voted Green to promote EU-wide climate policies. But the Greens also … Continue reading

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Volodymyr Zelensky, servant of the people?

Facebook17 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 18I’m very curious what my politically diverse but well-informed Ukrainian friends think about their presidential election. It’s mostly framed in the West as: “comedian with no political experience is elected president.” That is a little misleading: it … Continue reading

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how Brexit is unlike Trump (and what to do about it)

Facebook3 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 3When they think about Brexit, most of my American friends equate it with the election of Donald Trump. Both events are seen as manifestations of xenophobia, paranoia toward elites, and even Russian propaganda. You can tell that … Continue reading

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nonviolent civic work under conditions of extreme violence

Facebook19 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 19My Tufts colleague Anjuli N. Fahlberg, a sociologist, has done extraordinary work in Rio de Janeiro’s City of God. Despite a staggering level of violence in that neighborhood, the residents have created a wide array of impressive … Continue reading

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from modest civic reforms to a making a stand for democracy

Facebook52 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 52This summer, I’ve had the chance to lead discussions among 20 scholars and activists who gathered for two weeks at Tufts, to chair the Frontiers of Democracy conference for about 130 educators and organizers (mostly Americans), to work with … Continue reading

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why autocrats are winning (right now) #DemFront #DemFront18

Facebook12 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 12During the opening session of Frontiers of Democracy last night, Hardy Merriman from the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict showed this graph from Erica Chenoweth and Maria J. Stephan. It shows that nonviolent social movements were strikingly successful at achieving their … Continue reading

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outline of a session on civic agency

Facebook10 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 10This morning, I enjoyed working with an impressive group of Rwandan professionals (academics, clinicians and others). The outline of the session could work for other groups and is “open source”–available for anyone to borrow. I open with … Continue reading

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Bologna, Santiago de Cali, and Tulsa win Cities of Service’ first Engaged Cities Award

Facebook7 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 7I enjoyed serving on the selection committee for Cities of Service’s inaugural Engaged Cities Award and reading many superb applications. The winners were announced today. From the announcement: Bologna, Italy: Realizing that bureaucracy was hindering citizens’ ability to … Continue reading

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the Kenya Youth Manifesto

Facebook9 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 9The Kenya Youth Manifesto is great. It’s the product of an elaborate deliberative process involving Kenyans between the ages of 18 and 35 (a cohort that represents 57 percent of the electorate). The Manifesto offers 52 pages of … Continue reading

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what does it mean to say democracy is in retreat?

Facebook18 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 18According to Freedom House, “Democracy faced its most serious crisis in decades in 2017 as its basic tenets—including guarantees of free and fair elections, the rights of minorities, freedom of the press, and the rule of law—came … Continue reading

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