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30 Apr 2013
Democracy | elections | electoral legitimacy | maturity | Politics | voter turnout | Voting age | Youth | Voting
The right to vote is one of the most important human rights. It gives men and women the chance to have a say in the way they are governed. It allows them to...
30 Apr 2012
Boris Johnson | cities | Democracy | elections | Ken Livingstone | local government | London | Mayor | Politics | Politics | Local government
In many towns and cities throughout the world, mayors are directly elected by the citizens, with varying but often considerable power to govern locally on...
3 Apr 2012
autonomy | Colonialism | Democracy | Education | English language | International personality | Politics | Statehood | United States of America | Government | Local government | Voting
Puerto Rico, officially the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, is a self-governing unincorporated territory of the United States located in the north-eastern...
2 Mar 2012
The ideal of participatory democracy is to give ordinary citizens the possibility of participating in the public decision-making. The very idea of democracy...
22 Feb 2012
Candidates | Democracy | democrats | Politics | president | Primaries | republicans | US politics | Leadership | Voting
The US electoral system makes use of primaries to select the presidential candidates for political parties. The system requires candidates to win the backing...
21 Feb 2012
Democracy | elections | electoral college | electoral system | First Past The Post | Politics | republic | United States of America | Government | Voting
The United States has perhaps the most arcane method of selecting its chief executive of any nation, one no country has chosen to emulate. There...
20 Feb 2012
aid | bribery | corruption | Democracy | economic freedom | Politics | Transparency | Leadership | Economy General | Economy
Corruption is operationally defined as the misuse of entrusted power for private gain. Facilitation payments, where a bribe is paid to receive preferential...
20 Feb 2012
congress | Democracy | democrats | Earmarks | elections | house of representatives | Line Item Veto | Politics | pork barrel politics | republicans | United States of America | Government | Tax | Philosophy | Economy
Under the US Constitution, Congress is responsible not just for voting tax revenues for the federal executive to spend, but also for appropriating (directing)...
20 Feb 2012
Autocracy | Central government | Democracy | Politics | Putin | Russia | Tsar | USSR | Government | Europe | International
The figure of Lenin as the father of modern Russia and that of Stalin as the strong leader par excellence have remained an important part of the Russian...
20 Feb 2012
Democracy | Freedom of speech | freedoms | Press rights | Human rights | Political philosophy | Free to challenge | Free Speech Debate | Law | Philosophy
Freedom of speech is often considered to be one of the most basic tenets of democracy. As a fundamental right it is enshrined in documents such as the Bill of...
IDEA UK and Fondazione Albero Della Vita (FADV-Tree of Life) from Italy are organizing a two day introductory workshop on debate in Rome on the 21-...
Talent Night is always a highlight of IDEA's Youth Forums, with participants and coaches singing, dancing, reading poetry or performing impressions...