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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

A eleição aleatória, o G1000, e a deliberação para mudar Madrid

É a eleição aleatória de representantes essencial para revitalizar a democracia? Mil madrilenos escolhidos aleatoriamente foram convocados pelo G1000 de Madrid para reflectir sobre a cidade que querem. English Español

Random election, the G1000 and deliberation to change Madrid

Is random election of representatives the key to revive democracy? One thousand madrileños selected at random were called to the Madrid G1000 to reflect and debate over the city they want. Português Español

La elección al azar, el G1000, y la deliberación para cambiar Madrid

¿Es la elección al azar de representantes la clave para revitalizar la democracia? Mil madrileños elegidos al azar fueron convocados al G1000 de Madrid para reflexionar y debatir sobre la ciudad que quieren. Português English

Eight lessons from Barcelona en Comú on how to Take Back Control

After 20 months in charge of Barcelona, here are eight things we have learned from Ada Colau and Barcelona en Comú.

Mirada a Podemos/Día 4: ¿Qué estrategias de comunicación son adecuadas para este nuevo ciclo post-electoral

¿Qué viene después de la "máquina de guerra electoral"? Estrategias de comunicación para el ciclo post electoral. English

Glimpse of a key debate : deciding the future of Podemos, Day 4

What comes after the “electoral war machine”? Communication strategies for the post electoral cycle. Español

Mirada a Podemos/Día 3: ¿Cómo ampliar la base social de Podemos?

¿Cómo expandir la base social? La relación de Podemos con los movimientos sociales. English

Mirada a Podemos/Día 2: ¿Se puede democratizar el partido en Vistalegre II? ¿Cómo?

Democratizando el partido en Vistalegre II: "Gobernismo vs. municipalismo", "consenso vs. conflicto". English

Glimpse of a key debate : deciding the future of Podemos, Day 2

Can the party be democratized at the upcoming party congress (Vistalegre II)? If so, how? Español

Mirada a Podemos / Día 1: ¿Qué tesis para el nuevo ciclo? ¿Cómo relacionarse con el régimen del ‘78?

¿Qué hemos venido a hacer aquí? La relación de Podemos con el régimen del 78. English

Glimpse of a key debate : deciding the future of Podemos, Day 1

On what basis should Podemos approach the new post-electoral, political cycle? Podemos’ relation to the ’78 regime. Español

Ante un debate clave para Podemos: decidir el futuro del partido

Podemos está enfrascado en un apasionado debate previo a su segunda asamblea estatal el próximo fin de semana (Vistalegre II). Busca construir su democracia interna y su base social en España. ¿Pero cómo hacerlo? English

Glimpse into a key party debate: deciding the future of Podemos

Podemos is locked in passionate debate in the run-up to its second state-wide assembly, next weekend. It must build its internal democracy and its social base in Spain. But how? Español

Populism with no leaders: the rise of 'citizenism' and how to understand it

Is left-wing populism the best response to right-wing populism? An interview with Paolo Gerbaudo on 'citizenism' - the defining political movement of this generation. Español

A whistleblowing platform against corruption for the City Council of Barcelona

Corruption can’t be eliminated by institutions scrutinising themselves. Civil society must play a central, continuous role.

Catalonian lessons: civil society has something to offer on the gaming tables of governance

A statement made before the Catalan Parliamentary Committee for the Study of Anti-Corruption Measures and for Democratic Regeneration.

Catalonia revisited: farewell to great expectations?

On the eve of 2017, author of ‘Catalonia vs. Spain - a clash of two nationalisms’ has second thoughts about what’s possible.

'Migrants are here, they are living, and we have to guarantee their human rights'

Laia Ortiz discusses how Barcelona is trying to forge its own progressive integration policy for refugees, despite the constraints put on it by the Spanish government and the European Union.

National governments are failing refugees, so cities must step up to meet the challenge

A lack of political will and a hulking bureaucracy frustrate efforts to find a solution to the migrant crisis at the national level. Multilevel governance is the answer.

Deaths, deportations and arrests: violence against migrants in Morocco

EU policy is blocking routes to Europe for those suffering from the neocolonial and capitalist exploitation and nurturing of conflicts throughout Africa by western countries.

"We are not the women with black eyes."

Women who have survived abuse are changemakers. It’s time to involve companies in creating a paradigm shift in labour integration, to stop the double victimisation and social exclusion of survivors

Populism and the return of the political

"A future you can believe in" is the reverse of "Make America great again", because it doesn’t retreat into moral rejection or resistance politics.

From Movementism to Labourism

Prospects for the renewal of the left: a perspective from the movementist element of the UK Labour Party grassroots activist body, Momentum.

Que futuro tem a coesão do sul da Europa?

O projecto de um fórum do sul da Europa é uma ideia necessária. É por isso surpreendente que o encontro entre os países do Sul tenha suscitado pouco interesse dentro e fora de portas. English

What does the future hold for Southern Europe?

The idea of a southern European forum is very much needed. Surprisingly, a summit  of the incumbent nations sparked little interest both within and outside the countries in question. Português

Upstreaming citizen participation

Representative democracy is not democratic enough. Today, citizens should be able to participate in the political process from the beginning, upstream, and not just at the end with their vote. Interview. Español Português

Democracia 2.0: decidir antes de votar

A democracia representativa não é suficientemente democrática. Hoje, os cidadãos devem poder participar nos processos políticos desde o inicio, e não só no final com o seu voto. Entrevista. English Español

Democracia 2.0: decidir antes de votar

La democracia representativa no es suficientemente democrática. Hoy, los ciudadanos deben poder participar en los procesos políticos desde el inicio, y no sólo al final con su voto. Entrevista. English Português

Spain’s ousted opposition leader reveals where the real power lies: with the country’s oligarchs

Spain's deposed Socialist leader, Pedro Sánchez, revealed that banks and newspapers secretly pressured him not to do a deal with Podemos.

Democracy is dying of success

Are we governing ourselves? Daniel Innerarity argues that societies have seldom been governed, in a handful of issues and only at certain times. Interview. Español Português

La democracia se está muriendo de éxito

¿Nos estamos gobernando? Daniel Innerarity defiende que las sociedades se han gobernado muy pocas veces, en muy pocos temas y sólo en determinados momentos. Entrevista. English Português

A democracia está a morrer de êxito

Estão as sociedades governadas? Daniel Innerarity defende que as sociedades se governaram muito poucas vezes, para muitos poucos temas e em momentos determinados. Entrevista. English Español 

ETA: is the terrorist group still active?

Despite the discovery of an arsenal of weapons belonging to ETA in a field north of Paris, few believe the Basque terrorist group has the ability to resurrect its violent campaign.

Anti-radicalisation, social movements, and imagining alternatives

Bue Rübner Hansen, Joan Pedro & Simona Rentea at the Cities of Welcome, Cities of Transit conference in Barcelona. (Video, 9 minutes)

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