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Julian Richards

Julian Richards is managing editor of openDemocracy.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Poder para el pueblo: la educación y la participación política

Vivimos el supuesto regreso de la ciudadanía al centro del poder. O, al menos, al centro del relato. English, Português

Power to the people: education and participation

We are witnessing the alleged return of citizens to the center of power - or, to say the least, to the center of the narrative. Español, Português

Poder para o povo: educação e participação política

Vivemos o suposto retorno de cidadania ao centro do poder. Ou, pelo menos, ao centro da história. English, Español

An alternative to QE: was Billy Bragg right after all?

How the renowned songwriter, musician and campaigner is helping the UK prepare for the next recession.

FP 23 April 2018


Temirlan Ormukov, Kyrgyzstan’s blind satirist poet, is facing politically motivated prosecution

Ormukov's attempt to draw attention to paid protests by government-linked figures has landed him in detention. RU

The Queen rules the Commonwealth!

Many epithets have been used to run down the Commonwealth. The London summit may even be called the Commonwealth Games II…

Unsympathetic people: the overwhelming success of Poland's exclusionary agenda

Three elements seem to have played a decisive role in this: voluntary servitude, the Polish brand of inferiority complex, and a deep-seated Polish anti-Semitism, and more general exclusivism.

Subcontracting and forced labour in Italy: a tale of depoliticised labour relations

In Italy, discourses around labour subcontracting in the agricultural sector serve an important purpose: obscuring the root causes of labour exploitation.

Intimidation: the new normal

Increasingly, powerful people use threats, bribes and other tactics to avoid public scrutiny.

Las nuevas plataformas que están transformando la gestión pública

La demanda de modelos participativos más abiertos conlleva la creación de espacios más digitalizados, transparentes, horizontales y abiertos en el sector público, pero también el empoderamiento de todos los agentes sociales. English, Português

The new platforms transforming public management

The demand for more open participatory models entails the creation of more digitized, transparent, horizontal and open spaces in the public sector, but also the empowerment of all social agents. Español, Português

As novas plataformas que estão transformando a gestão pública

A exigência de modelos participativos mais abertos supõe a criação de espaços mais digitalizados, transparentes, horizontais e abertos no sector público, mas também o apoderamento de todos os agentes sociais. English, Español

You are all Northern Ireland now

The post BREXIT landscape sees two rival blocs with totally different, seemingly irreconcilable national aspirations. Welcome to my world.

The ‘Doctrine of Humanitarian Intervention’: and how it exposes the absence of any serious intention to help Syrians

Diplomacy should focus on the humanitarian situation and the need for civilian protection rather than or as well as finding a political solution.

FP 22 April 2018


Cómo los chequeos ideológicos empoderan a ciudadanos

La tecnología fomenta -por lo menos en teoría- procesos de participación más  informados. Los chequeos ideológicos permiten a los ciudadanos contrastar y comprender mejor los programas electorales y enriquecen procesos como la convocatoria de elecciones. English, Português

How ideological checking is empowering citizens

Technology has fostered – theoretically – better informed participatory processes. Ideological checking apps, which allow citizens to contrast and better understand electoral programs, are enriching traditional processes, such as holding elections. Español, Português

Como as verificações ideológicas empoderam os cidadãos

A tecnologia fomenta processos de participação mais informados. As verificações ideológicas, que permitem aos cidadãos contrastar e compreender melhor os programas eleitorais, enriquecem processos tradicionais, tais como a convocatória de eleições. English, Español

VIDEO: How to create a democratic energy system

An interview with Tim Crook from Regen.