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About Christopher Hobson

Dr. Christopher Hobson is a Research Associate at the United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace, located in Tokyo. He tweets at @hobson_c.

Articles by Christopher Hobson

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Alex Sakalis, Editor

Alex Sakalis is associate editor of openDemocracy and co-edits the Can Europe Make It? page.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Rebuilding Japanese democracy after the triple disasters

Two years after the tsunami that killed thousands and triggered a nuclear meltdown, it is intriguing to observe how the 'triple disasters' might also have reinvigorated civic participation and activism in an otherwise politically apathetic society. What does this mean for the future of Japanese democracy?

Democracy and democracy-support: a new era

These are testing times for many old certainties. Democracy too is under pressure from rival models and global insecurity. But this is an opportunity for a creative rethink of democracy, argue Christopher Hobson & Milja Kurki - one that could also produce fresh understandings and methods of democracy-support.

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