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Feature Publication

Democratic Transitions: Conversations with World Leaders, a unique exploration of how countries become democracies, is an initiative of International IDEA.

The book presents personal reflections, both on ending authoritarian rule and on building democracy, by former presidents on five continents who have played key roles in such transformations over the past 30 years. The comments, offered in individual face-to-face interviews, together comprise the first volume in any language that focuses on learning lessons from political leaders about promoting and managing democratic transitions.

The book was co-edited by Sergio Bitar and Abraham F. Lowenthal and contains a preface by International IDEA's Secretary-General, Yves Leterme, in which he states, “What neither we nor others have thus far contributed is first-hand testimony from top political leaders about how transitions toward democracy have been achieved in different continents. This exciting publication fills that critical gap.”

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Political finance and the equal participation of women in Tunisia: a situation analysis

Political finance and the equal participation of women in Tunisia:
a situation analysis

The proportion of women in the Tunisian Parliament is impressive, but is not matched by gender equality in other areas, such as in the cabinet or the leadership of parliamentary committees. Creating opportunities for further advances in gender equality requires work on many fronts, such as addressing social attitudes to women and men, improved education and training for women and legal protection with regard to violence against women.

This report makes recommendations on how reforms related to the role of money in politics could help women participate and continue to be engaged in politics. These include providing increased public funding to lists headed by women; and providing ongoing public funding to political parties, with specific funds earmarked for activities related to gender equality. Increased transparency in political parties and election campaigns could also, with time, help to balance the participation of women and men in the political sphere.

Prioritizing Justice: Electoral Justice in Conflict-Affected Countries and Countries in Political Transition

Prioritizing Justice:
Electoral Justice in Conflict-Affected Countries and Countries in Political Transition

When a country begins a political transition away from violent conflict or non-democratic rule, there are many difficult steps that it must take. Developing an electoral justice system, which includes the means and mechanisms to ensure that electoral integrity is maintained or restored when an electoral process is damaged by repression, misconduct, or irregularities, may appear to decision-makers to be a secondary concern or even an afterthought.

This Policy Paper argues for the establishment of an electoral justice system at the outset of a transition, and before initial elections are held. It explains why doing so, despite the challenges, is so important, and offers recommendations on how to develop such systems, in an environment where an adequate legal framework and strong electoral justice institutions may not yet exist.

Politics Meets Policies: The Emergence of Programmatic Political Parties (Arabic)

Politics Meets Policies:
The Emergence of Programmatic Political Parties (Arabic)

Politicians tied to a set of policies provide people with actual choices. They attract like-minded activists, campaign in more focused ways, and build an attractive party label. Last but not least, they are more likely to succeed in public office.

Political parties in many countries are struggling to shift from personality-based or clientelistic-focused approaches—to more programme-based strategies as they reach out to voters.

What features do successful programmatic parties exhibit that others lack? How is their success related to the quality of their leadership, the prosperity of the country, or the capacity of the state? What impact do economic or political crises exert on how politicians behave? Why must programmatic parties be considered together with citizens demanding better services?

This book is based on the work carried out by three teams of political scientists who examined what drives and strengthens programmatic politics, even under unlikely conditions. The authors draw lessons from Brazil, Bulgaria, the Dominican Republic, India, South Korea, Ukraine, Taiwan, Turkey, and Zambia, and uses the most up to date and comprehensive research on democratic accountability and citizen-politician linkages.

السياسيون الملتزمون بمجموعة من السياسات يوفرون للناس خيارات حقيقية. فهم يجتذبون النشطاء الذين يشاطرونهم أفكارهم، ينظمون حملاتهم بطرق أكثر تركيزاً، ويضعون شعارات حزبية أكثر جاذبية. أخيراً وليس آخراً، من المرجح أن يحقق مثل هؤلاء السياسيين نجاحاً أكبر في المناصب العامة.

تصارع الأحزاب السياسية في العديد من البلدان للتحول من المقاربات القائمة على شخصيات الزعماء والعلاقات الزبائنية الى استراتيجيات تستند بشكل أكبر إلى البرامج في تواصلها مع الناخبين.

ما هي الخصائص التي تتسم بها الأحزاب البرامجية والتي تفتقر إليها الأحزاب الأخرى؟ ما علاقة نجاحها بجودة قياداتها، أو رخاء البلاد، أو قدرات الدولة؟ ما هو الأثر الذي تحدثه الأزمات الاقتصادية أو السياسية على سلوك السياسيين؟ لماذا ينبغي دراسة العلاقة التي تربط الأحزاب البرامجية بالمواطنين المطالبين بخدمات أفضل؟

يستند هذا الكتاب إلى العمل الذي قامت به ثلاثة فرق من علماء السياسات درست العوامل التي تدفع وتعزز قوة السياسات البرامجية، حتى في الظروف غير المشجعة.يستخلص المؤلفون دروس من البرازيل، وبلغاريا، وجمهورية الدومينيكان، والهند، وكوريا الجنوبية، وأوكرانيا، وتايوان، وتركيا، وزامبيا، ويستخدمون أحدث الأبحاث المتعلقة بالمساءلة الديمقراطية والعلاقات بين المواطنين والسياسيين وأكثرها شمولية.

Constitution Assessment for Women's Equality

Constitution Assessment for Women's Equality

This Assessment helps users analyse a constitution or draft constitution from the perspective of the substantive equality of women. 



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