• Commentary

    Can Europe Be a Catalyst for Democratic Innovation?

    • Stephen Boucher
    • January 17, 2020

    The EU could benefit from tapping into the smart ideas behind its many successful local projects, and then adapting them to benefit other member states.

  • Article

    A New Wave of Deliberative Democracy

    • Claudia Chwalisz
    • November 26, 2019

    Countries worldwide are experimenting with permanent citizen engagement in public decisionmaking. Could "ordinary citizens" become a new cornerstone of democracy?

  • Paper

    Six Ideas for Rejuvenating European Democracy

    • Richard Youngs, Stephen Boucher, Israel Butler, Maarten de Groot, Elisa Lironi, Sophia Russack, Corina Stratulat, Anthony Zacharzewski
    • November 06, 2019

    The European Commission’s new president should act decisively to make deliberations in Brussels more accountable to voters and national parliaments.

  • Article

    Boosting the Role of National Parliaments in EU Democracy

    • Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska
    • September 24, 2019

    Getting national legislators more involved in EU affairs could help the European Parliament boost its legitimacy in the eyes of voters.

  • Article

    Can Citizen Participation Really Revive European Democracy?

    In Europe, initiatives to increase citizen participation have made substantial progress, but there are severe difficulties to overcome if these participative forums are to address the core issues of democratic decline and contribute more significantly to its restoration.

  • Democracy After the European Parliament Elections

    As the dust settles from the European elections, it is important to stand back from immediate political battles and assess the longer-term implications for European democracy.

  • Article

    Is German Democracy Back to Normal?

    • Michael Meyer-Resende
    • June 05, 2019

    Four years ago, the AfD had seemed to fade from the political picture. Its recent rise has stopped for now, but Germany is not immune to far-right politics.

  • Reshaping European Democracy: A Year in Review

    Debates about the state of democracy are at the forefront of European politics. Carnegie’s Reshaping European Democracy project assesses the underlying challenges to democratic processes and the prospects for political renewal across the EU.

  • Article

    Is Macron’s Grand Débat a Democratic Dawn for France?

    • Renaud Thillaye
    • April 26, 2019

    Despite President Emmanuel Macron’s conciliatory measures, it is unclear whether his grand gesture will lead to permanent democratic reforms. His familiar positions and the wider political environment suggest many roadblocks ahead.

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