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Political Participation

Women make history in Timor-Leste village elections

UN Women | Posted 12.13.2016 | Women
UN Women

Crossposted from UN Women. In one of Asia’s newest countries, women are breaking gender stereotypes by participating successfully in local elections...

Deciding to Vote and Other First World Problems

Suzie Abdou | Posted 06.06.2016 | Politics
Suzie Abdou

The decision to vote or not to vote is a first world privilege. Voting, on the other hand, is a right. A right for which people around the world risk their lives.

Electoral Systems and the Democracy Gap in Southern Europe

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 02.28.2015 | Home
André Corrêa d'Almeida

The discrepancy between the U.S. and Europe in what concerns direct democracy is shocking and absurd in this day and age. Current electoral systems in Southern Europe are an assault on the ideal of a modern democracy.

24 Under 24: Youth Who Are Keeping Our Democracy Strong

Alex Wirth | Posted 09.02.2013 | Impact
Alex Wirth

Each of these young people is an example of what happens when youth perspectives are brought into government. When young people interact with government they bring innovative ideas, motivation and often a greater spirit of compromise than we currently see among many adult officials.

The Changing Channels of Political Participation: The Gezi Protests in Turkey

Sinan Ciddi | Posted 08.11.2013 | Home
Sinan Ciddi

The channels of political participation in Turkey has been radically altered. Individuals equipped only with a smartphone, loaded with Twitter and Facebook apps, seem to have neither the desire nor the patience for using conventional channels to petition their government.

5 Ways To Empower The Poor

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 06.28.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Participation in politics by the urban poor is of the utmost importance in enabling informal communities to shape the policy decisions that affect the...

Citizenship in a Digital Era

Lindsay Hoffman | Posted 05.15.2013 | College
Lindsay Hoffman

In an era where we face a daily deluge of online petitions, emails from candidates, and provocative political tweets, what does it mean to be a citizen?

Fight for Your Right to Part... icipate

The Brown Daily Herald | Posted 04.08.2013 | College
The Brown Daily Herald

It's time we had a national debate about this issue. More enlightened countries have discarded the baseless stereotypes about young people and have embraced a more inclusive and diverse model for political participation. We should do the same.

Who Can Stop the People?

Ralph Nader | Posted 03.09.2013 | Politics
Ralph Nader

What is needed the most for the progressive movement is the establishment of congressional watchdog groups, each representing one of the 435 congressional districts in America.

The Obama Era: A New Age in American Politics

Brandon Hill | Posted 02.04.2013 | College
Brandon Hill

Folks, it is a new day in America. There is a new kind of rhythm in the streets. There is a new kind of voice in the fray. There is a new kind of optimism in the wind. Welcome to the Obama Era.

Thank You, America

Jessica R. Dreistadt | Posted 11.21.2012 | Politics
Jessica R. Dreistadt

Typically, my gratitude is focused on those things, people, ideas, and places that are immediately accessible to me. I forget to also express appreciation for things like my citizenship; yet, it is an integral part of who I am and what I am able to do with my life.

Stop the Tug-of-War Over Women. We're Too Smart for That.

Alecia DeCoudreaux | Posted 12.16.2012 | College
Alecia DeCoudreaux

We are not content with only one Year of the Woman. We want women to participate in governing every day of every year.

The Presidential Debate Was Good Theater, But...

Jeffrey P. Colin | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics
Jeffrey P. Colin

Those who do not see any personal benefit to paying taxes to help those in need frequently also have lots of money to invest in political outcomes. Does anyone honestly believe that the numerous groups of poor have the resources to change this reality?

Passports, Political Rhetoric and Constructions of American-ness

Melissa Blanco Borelli | Posted 11.10.2012 | Latino Voices
Melissa Blanco Borelli

Michelle Obama's speech can serve to wake us up from the "American Dream" to an American reality where talented Americans inspire us to materialize an America where respect for diversity and facts, supersede illusions put forth by out of touch politicians.

Building Blocks to Increase Women's Economic & Political Progress

Stephenie Foster | Posted 09.03.2012 | Business
Stephenie Foster

Societies must recognize the importance of women, who comprise over half of the world's population, participating fully in policy decisions that are made at the local, national, and international levels.