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May
19
2006
Speech
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...
May
15
2006
Speech
Much of the conventional wisdom relating to post-conflict elections fails to take three critical factors into account. First, elections are often debated and planned in a way that is linked only tenuously to other parts of the emerging institutional framework...
Apr
24
2006
Speech
The choice of electoral system is one of the most important institutional decisions for any democracy. In almost all cases the choice of a particular electoral system has a profound effect on the future political life of the country concerned. Electoral...
Apr
20
2006
Speech
"When my daughters were young, they, like so many, spent hours in front of video game machines. One of their favourites was called The Mole Hunter."
Nov
09
2005
Speech
"I have been asked today to speak on the role of the international community in national reconciliation processes." 
Sep
20
2005
Speech
Tackling the practical tasks of day to day governance, economic development, fighting corruption and building the rule of law is much less glamorous than building a new institutional framework after years of authoritarian government, but it remains the test...
May
26
2005
Speech
International IDEA’s interest in direct democracy concerns whether, when and how the use of direct democracy mechanisms is appropriate to enhance democratic systems.
May
26
2005
Speech
International IDEA’s interest in direct democracy concerns whether, when and how the use of direct democracy mechanisms is appropriate to enhance democratic systems. By involving voters directly in decision making processes, does the use of direct democracy...
May
26
2005
Speech
International IDEA’s interest in direct democracy concerns whether, when and how the use of direct democracy mechanisms is appropriate to enhance democratic systems.
May
25
2005
Speech
This paper draws on International IDEA’s experience in democracy building. It is presented in the context of its mission to produce high-quality and policy-relevant comparative knowledge on democracy promotion made available to, owned and used by key actors...
Mar
15
2005
Speech
The constitution of any country defines the institutions by which that country governs itself, and indeed the relationship between the citizens of the country and its institutional framework. As such, it is a fundamentally political document, establishing the...
Sep
28
2004
Speech
The international community has often been keen to provide support to elections during the last fifteen years, and many positive contributions have resulted. However, donors have sometimes tended to provide assistance to elections because they have an easily...
Feb
02
2004
Speech
The premise of this paper is that political parties cannot claim to be democratic unless they are inclusive and representative of the population they represent. The candidates parties send to parliament should include a cross-section of society, but by and...
Jan
19
2004
Speech
This paper is designed to sketch a general overview of existing knowledge and practice on enhancing women’s participation in electoral processes, and to identify the major questions which need to be addressed in the specific post-conflict context.
Apr
01
2003
Speech
This paper is presented in the context of International IDEA’s mission to produce high-quality and policy-relevant comparative knowledge on democracy promotion made available to, owned and used by key actors at local, national, regional and international...