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The State’s Legitimacy in Fragile Situations
¤ Dominique Darbon, Ole Jacob Sending, Séverine Bellina, Stein Sundstøl Eriksen ¤ 5 November 2010
A fragile state is a low income country characterized by weak state capacity and/or weak state legitimacy leaving citizens vulnerable to a whole range of shocks. A group of 35 to 50 countries is falling behind this category. It is estimated that out of the world’s six billion people, 26% live in fragile states The paralysis in the development of fragile states have consequences, as part of the whole states of the world, in the evolution of the global governance and in that of the role of (...) read more

What Europe does the world need?
¤ Pierre Calame ¤ 6 June 2010
We often find ourselves asking the question: what Europe do we want? The time may have come to look at the question the other way round, and ask ourselves: what Europe does the world need? Does the world even need Europe? It would be fair to say that today’s mood is one of disillusionment, and that the prospects for the European Union do not look very heartening. For its founding fathers, building the European Union was a major feat. They saw the Union as the means to move beyond the (...) read more

Barack Obama - Yes we can
¤ Barack Obama, ¤ 21 October 2009
Barack Obama - Yes we can Biography (extracted from Wikipedia) Barack Hussein Obama II (born August 4, 1961) is the 44th and current President of the United States. He is the first African American to hold the office, as well as the first president born in Hawaii. Obama previously served as the junior United States Senator from Illinois from January 2005 until he resigned after his election to the presidency in November 2008. Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard (...) read more

Citizen participation in the process of state reform
¤ Iniciativa Ciudadana para la Cultura del Diálogo ¤ 14 April 2008
Democracy in Mexico, while making some significant progress, has not managed to demonstrate clearly its ability to govern, provide efficient responses to social demands and process institutionally the different conflicts inherent to any plural and diverse society. The evidence of the exhaustion of this governability model based on an authoritarian presidential system is increasing. Given this reality, the organisations of the Public Observatory Council for State Reform aim to promote a (...) read more

The New Republic Will be Democratic and Socially Oriented
¤ Evelyne Sire-Marin, Roger Martelli ¤ 14 April 2008
Before the 2007 elections in France, and since the political crisis is at the center of public life, the level of debate on the institutions of the French Republic is weak. The proposals of the “major” candidates are particularly vague. In fact, everyone is cautiously sticking with what now constitutes a kind of weak consensus: strengthening the role of Parliament and expanding the procedures for citizen involvement. But what level of reform should be sought and, most importantly, what should (...) read more

Declaration of the Regions on Their Participation in Governance and Globalization
¤ Forum de réseaux des régions du monde ¤ 7 March 2007
The goal of this declaration is to manifest the decision of the partner regions of all the continents participating in the preparatory meeting of the global Forum of Regional Networks to launch the necessary steps for the creation of this new institutional cooperation arena. Some of the principal objectives of the global Forum of Regional Networks include: Making the voice of the Regions heard in globalization; Organizing new strategic governance rules including infra-state (...) read more

Political Parties and Global Democracy
¤ Jan Aart Scholte ¤ April 2006
This paper examines the place of political parties and party systems in providing democracy for the more global world of the twenty-first century. It argues that recent intense globalisation has by no means rendered political parties and party systems irrelevant. However, political parties have lost substantial democratic impact by failing to move on with today’s more global times. Parties could regain considerable stature as democratic forces if they altered a number of practices in line (...) read more

For Global Reform, a Social Democratic Approach to Globalization
¤ Groupe de réflexion «Europe-Mondialisation» ¤ 26 September 2002
This document is an attempt to formulate an approach of European socialists to globalisation, with a view to opening up a debate between political players and citizens. It is based on the discussions conducted within the past ten months in a think tank primarily consisting of elected European socialists and representatives of a certain number of civil society organizations. Far from being final, this contribution must help to stimulate future debate in a direction permitting the preparation (...) read more

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