This guide provides decision-makers with an introduction to concepts of deliberative democracy, good practices and some lessons learned.
Following years of democratic liberalisation after the early 90s, the authoritarian backlash is seemingly in full swing, imposing restrictions on civil society and individual rights in countries in every region of the world. For some groups, women most notably, access to political participation and rights has always faced constraints. WFD’s research in this area looks at the distribution of power, be it political, social, or financial; how political elites limit democratic space and access to politics to maintain existing power structures; and how democracy support actors can provide an effective counterbalance through their programmes.
Deliberative democracy is based on the idea that an entire population has a stake in political decisions, especially when they can help to break political deadlocks. This is especially true when members of parliament feel unable to develop new laws or policies due to fear of voter retribution. It offers a way to breathe new life into […]
Context The Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) in Albania is implementing an initiative package called “Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) Participation in Decision – Making.” The main aim of this initiative is to increase the interaction between the CSOs and decision-makers and partner with the civil society organisations by assisting them to challenge and influence policy […]