• Democracy and the Egalitarian Promise

    Democracy commonly fails to deliver equality, and part of the reason for this lies in the institutional forms and electoral systems through which countries currently practice democracy. In addressing these problems, it is important to register how fragile is the link between democracy and that most fundamental expression of citizen equality, the equal right to vote. Many people think of democracy as a decision-making procedure rather than an ethical commitment. What difference, if any, asks Anne Phillips, does it make to proposals for institutional reform if there is not yet consensus on the principle of citizen equality?

  • Rawlsian Reflections on Democracy's Fragility

    The success of a democratic society depends, Rawls thought, on members having a shared sense of justice, a common basis for reasoning what is right. Otherwise, disagreements born from conflicts of interest and identity - and associated “distrust and resentment” - will have corrosive effects on social cooperation. But can we reasonably hope for a broadly shared sense of justice? In this talk, Joshua Cohen argues that, even on favorable assumptions about people and social cooperation, we should expect serious disagreement about conceptions of justice and the forms of democracy they recommend, as well as conflicts between and among the interests and identities of citizens who endorse those competing conceptions.

  • Bounded and Differentiated Equality - Electoral
       Democracy in Mobile Societies

    How do democracies distribute electoral rights in contexts of migration and mobility how should they distribute these rights? In this talk, Rainer Bauböck discusses justifications for differentiated equality between the citizenry and the demos; between voting and candidacy rights, between general and special representation, between mono- and multiple citizens; and more generally cumulation and deprivation of electoral rights as a result of mobility.

  • Equality and Electoral Democracy

    REDEM roundtable on the the role and the defining aspects of electoral equality in democracies. Discussants: Alberto Alemanno (Haute Ecole de Commerce, Paris), Rumena Filipova (Institute for Global Analytics, Sofia), Sergei Guriev (Sciences Po, Paris), Lex Paulson (UM6P School of Collective Intelligence, Rabat). Moderator: Annabellel Lever (Sciences Po Paris)

  • Prisoners Voting: Rights and Responsibilities

    There is debate among penologists about whether it is appropriate for convicted incarcerated citizens to retain the vote. Punishment is usually a temporary truncation of rights, yet it is less clear which rights remain. Helen Brown Coverdale (University College London) discusses arguments for and against the right to vote of prisoners with an emphasis on prisoner voting rights in the UK.

  • The Role of Think Tanks, Civil Society Organizations,
        and Social Movements in Strengthening Electoral

    REDEM roundtable on the contributions that think tanks, civil society organizations, and social movements can make towards stronger electoral participation. Discussants: Marion Le Blanc (CivicPower, France), Johannes Nuutinen (Demos, Finland), Sophie Pornschlegel (European Policy Centre, Belgium), Carys Roberts (Institute for Public Policy Research, UK), and Richard Wike (Pew Research Center, USA). Moderator: José Luis Martí (University Pompeu Fabra)

  • Restoring Dialogue and Deliberation in Contemporary

    Roundtable organised in Paris by the Fondation Maison des sciences de l'homme as part of the one-day conference The Fragility of Democracy: Rescuing Dialogue and deliberation. Participants: Alberto Alemanno (HEC / The Good Lobby), Craig Calhoun (Arizona State University), Annabelle Lever (SciencesPo), Christophe Deloire (Reporters Sans Frontières), Sylvie Goulard (Banque de France), Jonathan Laurence (Boston College / Reset Dialogues US). Moderator: Lisa Anderson (Columbia University)

  • Why Vote: Comparing Perspectives

    Debate on various perspectives related to the rationale for voting organised by the REDEM project as part of Biennale Democrazia 2021 in Torino. Discussants: Annabelle Lever (Sciences Po Paris and REDEM Consortium) and Philippe van Parijs (Université Catholique de Louvain). Moderator: Valeria Ottonelli (University of Genova)

  • Political Micro-targeting: Parliamentary Elections in
        the Netherlands

    Professor Claes de Vreese is an expert in political communication working on media, public opinion, electoral behaviour and the role of data and AI in democratic processes. He talks to Andrei Poama from the University of Leiden about political micro-targeting in the context of parliamentary elections in the Netherlands.

  • Organising the Catalan Elections in a Pandemic:
       Ethics beyond Logistics

    Ismael Peña-López was Director General of Citizen Participation and Electoral Processes at the Government of Catalonia during the regional parliamentary elections held on February 14, 2021. He talks to José Luis Martí from Pompeu Fabra University about the challenges of organising an election at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Swiss Women and The Right to Vote

    Ruth Dreifuss was the first female president of the Swiss Federal Council. As a secretary of the Swiss Federation of the Trade Unions she campaigned for women’s rights, and later on as the head of the Department of Home Affairs she oversaw important changes to social insurance laws for women. On the 50th anniversary of Swiss women obtaining the right to vote she talks to Annabelle Lever (Sciences Po) about her life as a woman activist and politician.

  • Electoral Democracy and Beyond:
         A Philosopher's Plea for Realistic Utopias

    Phillipe Van Parijs is one of the most influential political philosophers working today. He is best known for his work on the maldistribution of work and leisure in contemporary capitalism, and its implications for freedom, equality and solidarity. In this interview, Lucille Lacroix from the Institut des Etudes Politiques Paris (‘Sciences Po’) asks Philippe Van Parijs to reflect on the tensions between idealism and realism in his work as a philosopher and activist, and what it can tell us about contemporary democratic politics.

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  • Voting Without Borders

    Voting Without Borders is a European Citizens' Initiative advocating full political rights for EU citizens living in a different EU country than that of their citizenship. The initiative is sponsored by the ECIT Foundation in Brussels and includes a coalition of over 40 organisations throughout Europe. Tony Venables who heads the ECIT Foundation talks about the political rights of EU citizen in their adoptive countries with REDEM's Marcus Häggrot.

  • today I vote: Reengaging Citizens with Democracy

    The todayIvote start-up developed NosLois - a ‘civic engagement platform about laws in the making’. NosLois is about improving citizens' trust in democracy by using modern information technologies to bring citizens closer to the law-making process. The mobile platform for democratic engagement currently being developed in conjunction with CivicPower allows citizens to be aware, to be informed and to voice their opinions on bills being debated in their country’s legislative institutions.

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  • A Constructive Critique of Elections: Why We Need More

    Elections represent critical points in the democratic process, yet they are imperfect in that, without adequate supplementary mechanisms, the elected may consider themselves 'freed' from their voters until the next election. Gergana Dimova from the University of Winchester, UK, discusses with Élise Rouméas from the REDEM project the role that accountability can play, both as a control and an influencing mechanism, in shaping the actions of those that have been elected over the periods when they exercise the mandate that has been enthrusted to them.

  • Electoral Justice in Times of Crisis

    Dennis F. Thompson is Professor of Government and the Alfred North Whitehead Emeritus Professor of Political Philosophy in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. He is also a Emeritus Professor of Public Policy in the John F. Kennedy School of Government, and the founding Director of the University Center for Ethics and the Professions (now the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics). In this conversation he discusses with Alexandru Volacu from the REDEM project the merits and challenges of the available options for holding elections in times of crisis.

  • To Vote by Post or To Postpone the Election?

    As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, some European countries have decided to suspend their elections. France postponed the second tour of the local elections, the same happened in regional elections in Galicia and in the Basque Country and in 15 US state primaries. Are such steps necessary though, if it is possible to cast the ballot by mail? Lee Drutman, senior fellow at the Political Reform Program of the New America Foundation, discusses the merits and trade-offs of mail voting with Andrei Poama from the REDEM project.

  • Helping Disabled People Vote - A French Approach

    On March 23, 2019, France passed a law that prohibits judges to deprive people with disabilities of their right to vote. This will enfranchise around 300,000 French citizens living with a physical or mental disability. What does it take to help people with disabilities to vote? A profile of the Handéo association which has taken up on this challenge, and a conversation with its scientific director, the sociologist Cyril Desjeux.

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  • Four Prints of an Election

    William Hogarth's sharp political perception and rendering of the electoral scenery in Four Prints of an Election, enhanced by John Nichols' satyrical commentary, are a rare treat and an insight into the 18th century political landscape. Plate III The Polling will bring to mind many of the concerns of modern elections.

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