29 September 2020
ONLINE FORUM - Should Global Democracy Become More Direct?
  Los Angeles, US Debate


01:30 - 03:00 am CEST / 16:30 - 18h00 PDT* (29 September 2020) / Track 3: Future of Democracy

Across the world, elite politicians, militaries, and powerful business and political groups appear to have a monopoly on representative democracy. By exploiting the resulting discontent, populists and authoritarians have created an international narrative of democracy in decline. But in many regions and countries, including some ruled by autocrats, citizens are collaborating with local and provincial officials to expand participatory and direct democracy so that residents can make decisions themselves. What is the relationship between the seemingly opposing trends of authoritarian nationalism and stronger local democracy? How are people using participatory tools to change their communities, and the world? And what are the future possibilities and perils of direct citizen decision-making?

*Please note the date shift, this panel will start on 29 September at 16h30 LA time.


  • Shari Davis
    Participatory Budget Project executive director
  • David Altman
    Political scientist and Citizenship and Contemporary Direct Democracy author
  • Michael Kau
    Taiwan Foundation for Democracy senior fellow and former Taiwan foreign vice minister
  • Greta Rios
    Mexico City-based youth participation expert and Ollin president
  • Kathleen Miles
    Moderator - Executive Editor, Noema Magazine


Los Angeles,
United States


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