Future of Democracy

Future of democracy: equal voices building an equal society

9th September 2020

To build more equal societies we need strong democracies, where everyone has an equal voice, holding governments and institutions to account.

Right now, democracy faces potential challenges from the global pandemic, the digital transformation of society, the climate crisis, and nationalist and populist movements around the world. Research helps us understand how to keep our democracies strong and vibrant, and hold governments accountable so that people everywhere can thrive.

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No Democracy without Civil Society

Richard Hornik on efforts to leap from autocracy to a constitutional democracy without a firm civic foundation.

 

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Democracy in the age of digital feudalism

Author of The Medieval Internet, Jakob Linaa Jensen, on what the platform economy means for the future of democracy.

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Democracy and trade unions

Andy Hodder and Miguel Martinez Lucio, editor of the new Trade Unionism series explore unions’ vital role in strong democracies.

 

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Digital protest and revolution in Belarus

Athina Karatzogianni, editor of our Digital Activism and Society series, speaks to Aliaksandr Herasimenka about the role of digital communications technology in the Belarus protests against authoritarian leader President Alexander Lukashenko.

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We’ve made our best and most recent research on the future of democracy free for you to read until 30 September 2020.

The future of democracy. The end of democracy as we know it

Kybernetes

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Voting is a right: a decade of societal, technological and experiential progress towards the goal of remote-access voting

Transforming Government

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The rise of participatory despotism: a systematic review of online platforms for political engagement

Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society

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Good news, bad news, and fake news: Going beyond political literacy to democracy and libraries

Journal of Documentation
 

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International comparative evidence of e-government success and economic growth: technology adoption as an anti-corruption tool

Transforming Government

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From the Freedom of the Press to the Freedom of the Internet: A New Public Sphere in the Making?

Emerald Studies in Politics and Technology

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The effect of political neuromarketing 2.0 on election outcomes: The case of Trump’s presidential campaign 2016

Review of Economics and Political Science

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The Brazilian presidential election of 2018 and the relationship between technology and democracy in Latin America

Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society

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The communicative processes of attempted political persuasion in social media environments: The mediating roles of cognitive elaboration and political orientations

Information Technology and People

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Elites and People: Challenges to Democracy

Elites and People: Challenges to Democracy (book)

 

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Public displays and citizen participation: a systematic literature review and research agenda

Transforming Government

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Expert briefings

Learn more about Expert Briefings and explore our latest monthly picks.
 

Featured Expert Briefings

Consensus and trust are key for leaders amid COVID-19

Freely available

6 July 2020

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COVID-19 will threaten African political stability

Freely available

6 April 2020

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Somali negotiations over election model will intensify

1 September 2020

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Publish your research on the Future of Democracy

Special Issue – E-democracy and the European Union: Input and output legitimacy through ICT

Transforming Government: People, Process and Policy
Guest editors: Dr. Cláudia Toriz Ramos and Prof. Lise Rye

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Digital Activism and Society

Series editor: Athina Karatzogianni

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Trade Unionism: Changing Contexts And Shifting Paradigms

Series editors: Dr Andy Hodder and Professor Miguel Martinez Lucio

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Emerald Studies in Politics and Technology

Series editors: Dr Anna Visvizi and Dr Miltiadis D. Lytras

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Public Policy and Governance

Series editor: Prof Evan Berman

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