Literally "rule by the people," democracy is a system of government in which the candidates or policies which garner the widest support of the populace (usually measured by direct voting) are adopted. In addition to theoretical considerations of democratic government and competing democratic systems, this category also includes organizations and resources on subjects such as democracy-building and enlivening debate in democratic societies.
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Comparative Democratization Project
A Stanford University project studying emerging democracies. Features a large directory of Internet resources, a collection of syllabi from leading democracy scholars, and seminar papers.
International Simultaneous Policy Organisation (ISPO)
A plan to transform the ruthless competition of globalization into global cooperation.
Center for International Policy
Founded in 1975 to promote a U.S. foreign policy that reflects democratic values.
A non-profit, multi-national research institution on participatory democracy, with focus on the impact of information technologies. Site lists activities, research areas, papers, and events.
Promoting the development and sustainability of online civic participation and democracy efforts around the world through experience, outreach, and education.
Personal page posits that the "essence of Democracy" the way Greeks from antiquity meant it and lived it, is the exact opposite of the so-called "democracies" of today.
International team of over fifty authors writing about the struggle for free and fair elections on every continent, with a focus on election reform in the United States.
An independent, non-profit, non-partisan Canadian citizen advocacy organization seeking to empower Canadians as voters, citizens, taxpayers, and consumers.
Ethic of Citizenship
Introduces the book "Toward an Ethic of Citizenship Creating a Culture of Democracy for the 21st Century".
Foundation for Democracy in Africa
A Washington based non-profit, nonpartisan organization focused on strengthening and enhancing the fundamental principles of democracy, and freedom in Africa.
Free China Movement
Information and statements from the movement, with a discussion forum.
IDEA - International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance
Objective is to promote and advance sustainable democracy and to improve and consolidate electoral processes world-wide.
Institute for Multiparty Democracy IMD
Supports the process of democratisation in young democracies. Based in The Hague, Guatemala and Maputo (Mozambique).
Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)
The world organization of parliaments. Site about parliamentary democracy, elections, human rights, participation of women in politics, and about how it all works on the level of national legislative institutions and internationally.
A free, non-partisan, local/global, issue-specific, democratic forum system designed to enable humanity to define, proclaim and achieve common goals.
Maximiliano Herrera Human Rights Site
Personal site dedicated to the promotion of the freedom and the democracy around the world. Includes international election calendar, freedom ratings, links to international media and organizations, and a list of countries facing political instability.
National Democratic Institute for International Affairs
Non-profit organization associated with the Democratic Party of the United States. Site describes current programs and research projects on the development of democracy, as well as a searchable resource exchange for democratic activists and practitioners.
National Endowment for Democracy
A private, nonprofit, grant-making organization created to strengthen democratic institutions around the world. Offers access to research and analysis of democratic development around the world.
Network for Economic and Political Democracy
Aims to create the conditions for an alternative to New Labour and a new, truly democratic society.
Ratifiers for Democracy
A democratic model that harmonizes representative and direct democracy, to ensure that legislation is citizen-mandated, and to be a loophole-free way to clean up the control that money and special interests now have in politics.
Helps citizens reinvigorate their communities by reconnecting with democracy. Based on the book, Slow Democracy, by Susan Clark and Woden Teachout.
Aims to increase the American public's participation in the legislative processes for more democratic representation. Reports current events in Congress and State legislatures and offers communication between Citizens, legislators and interest groups.
Time to Reengineer Democracy?
An invitation to a broad discussion to explore a reengineering of democracy for the better of all people on earth.
UNDP Democratic Governance
United Nations work on new or restored democracies. Includes projects, documents, statements, resources and related General Assembly resolutions.
Websters World of Cultural Democracy
A Web center for information and discussion about the world of cultural democracy.
The Western Democratic Tradition
An explanation and description of the western democratic tradition by a professor of constitutional law.
Crowd-sourced encyclopedia article about the theory, types and history of the democratic political system.
World Movement for Democracy
Nongovernmental effort to strengthen democracy where it is weak, to reform and invigorate democracy even where it is longstanding, and to bolster pro-democracy groups in countries that have not yet entered into a process of democratic transition.
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