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About Patrick Chalmers

Patrick Chalmers, an ex-Reuters staff reporter, is a freelance journalist, author, lecturer and campaigner for better governance. His book "Fraudcast News: How Bad Journalism Supports Our Bogus Democracies" is available from bookshops or downloadable for free from here. He writes for the Guardian Upside series, the Dutch platform De Correspondent as democracy innovation correspondent and is the creator of All Hands On, a global short documentary series on rebooting democracy.

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Scottish independence needing more minds than hearts, brave or not

For Scotland, the question of self-determination is intimitely tied to the question of land

Tapping the will of the people – a route to radically better democracy?

Ireland's innovative Citizen Assembly is changing the way the country debates sensitive issues like abortion. What else could it achieve?

European austerity seeds governance alternatives

‘If representative democracy is only to choose every four, or five, or six years the person who’s going to do everything they want without taking popular will into account... we are in a sort of trap and I think that’s certainly the case today for Europe and elsewhere.’

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