Democracy

Агора, випуск 9: Місто як чинник демократичного розвитку України

Розбудова міста є процесом соціального культуротворення, що визначає особливості та перспективи певного етапу розвитку людства.

Contemporary Women's Movements in Hungary: Globalization, Democracy, and Gender Equality

As the first and only book in any language on contemporary women’s movements in Hungary, this groundbreaking study focuses on the role of women’s activism in a society where women are not yet adequately represented by established parties and political institutions. Drawing on eyewitness accounts of meetings and protests, as well as first-person interviews with leading female activists, Katalin Fábián examines the interactions between women’s groups in Hungary and studies the unique brand of democracy they have forged in postcommunist Eastern Europe.

Participatory Innovation and Representative Democracy in Latin America

This empirically grounded collection examines the growth of participatory institutions in Latin American democracy and how such institutions affect representative government. While most existing literature concentrates on model cases of participatory budgeting in Brazil, this volume investigates cases in Mexico, Bolivia, Chile, Brazil, and Argentina, where conditions for innovation have been far less favorable.

Adam Michnik to Receive 2009 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award

The Woodrow Wilson Center, the Ratiu Democracy Center, and the Ratiu Charitable Foundation are pleased to announce that Adam Michnik is the 2009 Recipient of the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award. Michnik is a political activist and retired member of Poland's first democratic parliament.

The award will be presented at the Woodrow Wilson Center on December 3, 2009, during the Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture.

Participatory Institutions in Democratic Brazil

Brazil has conducted some of the world’s most stunning experiments in participatory democracy, most notably the creation of city budgets through local citizens’ meetings. Taking this trend as his backdrop, Leonardo Avritzer introduces a fresh analytical approach to reveal the social and institutional conditions that make civic participation most effective, expanding the empirical base for assessing these institutions.

Asian Diplomacy: The Foreign Ministries of China, India, Japan, Singapore, and Thailand

Based on over 160 interviews, Asian Diplomacy evaluates the ministries of foreign affairs in five major Asian countries. For each country, Kishan S. Rana first sketches the historical and political background of its diplomatic service. He reviews the structural features of the service; its responsibilities in such key areas as economic and political relations; and its methods for intragovernmental relations, decision making, and crisis management. He then provides a summary assessment of each service and concludes by asking what is special about Asian diplomacy.

Iuliu Maniu Foundation to Honor 2008 Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture Award Recipient Eleonora Cercavschi

Eleonora Cercavschi, recipient of the 2008 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award will be honored by the Iuliu Maniu Foundation for her work defending children's right to be educated in their own language.

Sunday, March 29, 2009, 3:00pm
3 West 51st Street,
New York, New York
iuliumaniufoundation.org
Email William Flaviu Ritiu for more information and to RSVP

Агора, випуск 8: Україна і Росія: політичні, економічні і культурні аспекти взаємодії

Україна і Росія пройшли складний шлях, мають спільні здобутки і численні втрати, справжні й уявні образи та кривди. І лише від громадян обох держав, політиків, журналістів, науковців залежить, будемо жити минулим чи будуватимемо майбутнє, пам’ятаючи, що не держава, а людина і її життя є головною цінністю.

Eleonora Cercavschi, 2008 Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture Awardee, Featured by America.gov

Eleonora Cercavschi, recipient of the 2008 Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture Award, was featured in an article on America.gov, published by the State Department's Bureau of International Information Programs.

The article included full coverage of Cercavschi's speech at the Wilson Center, as well as a discussion of the broader background underlying the conflict in Transnistria, and Cercavschi's struggle to teach children in their native language.

 

Education is at the Heart of Ratiu Lecture

This month, the Woodrow Wilson Center hosts the fourth annual Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture. Previous awardees include Saad Eddin Ibrahim, an Egyptian democracy activist, and Belarusian democracy activist Anatoli Mikhailov, president of the European Humanities University in Vilnius, Lithuania.

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