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Democracy lab Should we draw lots for fairer elections?

Two researchers from the University of Lausanne have been studying the notion of chance in politics.

DEMOCRACY LAB Politics: the tough task of educating the Swiss

Is it a surprise that it can be a challenge to promote political education even in a country with a highly developed system of direct democracy?

DEMOCRACY LAB Citizens’ Juries – providing a neutral recommendation on voting issues

Switzerland plans to test the use of a citizens’ jury whereby a few randomly selected citizens provide a balanced assessment of voting issues.

Democracy Lab What is federalism?

In Switzerland, state power is spread over three levels: the federal government, the 26 cantons and the 2,222 municipalities.

Democracy Lab How to motivate young adults to participate in politics

Voter turnout among young adults is well below the population average. We discover the true political interests of young people.

Democracy Lab How to serve up an initiative that is hard to digest

Some Swiss votes can be very technical and the need for independent viewpoints is vital. But experts can be incomprehensible and not very neutral.

Democracy Labs Bringing everyone to the table

When politics polarise, solutions become difficult and blockades form. How to cope? Get people together and let them speak freely.

Democracy Labs When shopping gets political

Are there other ways of judging how politically involved young people are than looking at voter turnout?

Democracy Labs How to implement successful people's initiatives

After the people vote in favour of an initiative, parliament gets to work. How do they make new decisions compatible with existing laws?

Democracy Labs Making your voice heard in a democracy

How do people find their political fit and motivation, particularly migrants?

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