Despite the promise RCTs hold for helping donors and implementers demonstrate results, they are sometimes an inappropriate choice of evaluation method. This is particularly true for many democracy and governance (D&G) programs.
Middle East and Arab countries seeking to write and amend their laws governing elections can incorporate a host of gender neutralizing rules and practices.
One of the most crucial choices that will face framers of the new South Sudanese Constitution will be the type of electoral system that will be adopted. This system will need to take cognisance of the social and political fabric of the new South Sudanese state.
On April 9, Icelanders will head to the polls for a special referendum regarding a loan guarantee to Britain and the Netherlands. This is the second time Iceland will vote on the issue; last year, voters overwhelmingly rejected a similar ballot initiative.
On March 6, Estonians will vote for the 101 members of their national parliament, the Riigikogu.
Autocracy promotion and export are increasingly mentioned in discussions about democratization and world politics. The questions that arise are not simply how far democrats should be concerned but whether there are specific implications for democracy assistance.
A voter uneducated in the give and take of democratic citizenship might conclude that democracy itself is responsible for the failure of elections to solve their problems.
The May 2010 elections marked a massive step forward in Philippine political progress. First results indicating who was elected president were available before midnight on Election Day. Other candidates signified acceptance of the result by conceding that same night; a first in Philippine politics where there are usually only winners and those who “were cheated.”
In the last two decades we have become increasingly aware of the “external dimension” of democratization. In particular, the influences of external actors – both those who support a democratic development and those who act against it.
On September 5, Moldova will hold a national referendum that may put an end to the country’s year-long political stalemate. For more than a year, Moldova’s political elites have been struggling to reach consensus and elect a president. The referendum will seek to resolve this stalemate by asking voters to amend the country’s constitution and allow for the direct election of the president.