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Active citizenship and political movements in Europe

Modern politics has seen a renewed discussion about the balance between active political participation by the citizens and their representation in politics. Much of this debate centers on a dilemma: too much citizen participation is unsustainable, while too little participation creates a gap between citizens and their elected governments. 

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The problems facing democracy in Europe today include low levels of public participation and support for political parties as well as massive protests demanding responsive and accountable government accords the continent.

In the east, countries from Ukraine to Moldova are experiencing both large democratic challenges and rapid democratic reforms in response. In the established democracies of Central and Western Europe, large-scale citizen protests and decreasing citizen participation through traditional institutions are questioning the legitimacy of once stable democratic processes. These changes have rapidly increased the demand for our support by actors across the Wider Europe region.

What's Going On

Aug
07
2017
Photo credit: blogtrepreneur.com/tech - 2016

Photo credit: blogtrepreneur.com/tech - 2016

Feature Story
Jun
22
2017
Expert panel during the Money in Politics Regional Conference in Tbilisi, Georgia, June 2017

Expert panel during the Money in Politics Regional Conference in Tbilisi, Georgia, June 2017

Feature Story
Jun
13
2017
International IDEA is hosting a roundtable discussion on Cybersecurity in Elections, 13-14 June 2017, The Hague

International IDEA is hosting a roundtable discussion on Cybersecurity in Elections, 13-14 June 2017, The Hague

Event
Jun
19
2017
The Second Regional Conference on Money in Politics, Tbilisi, Georgia, on 19-20 June 2017

The Second Regional Conference on Money in Politics, Tbilisi, Georgia, on 19-20 June 2017

Event

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Networks & Partners

Centre of Policy and Legal Reform
Centrul de Instruire Continuă în Domeniul Electoral
Council of Europe
Council of the European Union
European Commission
European Endowment for Democracy
European External Action Service
European Parliament
Group of States against Corruption
International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES)
Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD)
OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities
OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR)
State Audit Office of Georgia
Swedish International Liberal Centre (SILC)
Venice Commission

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Sam Van der Staak
Senior Programme Manager