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Beyond Institutions: The challenge of revitalizing democratic processes

SPEECH DELIVERED:
19 May 2006
Stockholm, Sweden

It is almost one hundred and fifty years since Abraham Lincoln said that ‘Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people.’ The clarity of his words has rarely been matched since, but their content has acquired today an almost unique global hegemony, hardly matched by any other worldview in modern history.

About the Speaker

Secretary-General of International IDEA (2006-2013)
Vidar Helgesen

Vidar Helgesen is a former International IDEA Secretary-General.