Europe's Global Direct Democracy Think-Tank

The Initiative and Referendum Institute Europe (IRI Europe) is a transnational think-tank dedicated to research and education on the procedures and practices of modern direct democracy.

IRI Europe is a non-partisan, non-profit association with headquarters in Marburg/Germany and brings together some of the top experts and practitioners of the initiative and referendum process across Europe and the world.

2015 Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy

Since 2008 the Initiative and Referendum Institute Europe has been instrumental in setting up the first global network of direct democracy professionals.

iri-europe-2015-world-forum.jpgThe next Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy is to take place in the capital of Tunisia, Tunis, from 14 to 17 May 2015. The event will be the 5th World Conference on Active Citizenship and Participative Democracy, following the previous 2012 Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy held in Montevideo, Uruguay.

 

People Power in Bulgaria

Bringing the citizens onto the political center stage! Together with Balkan Assist, the Sofia Institute for Direct Democracy, and supported by the Bulgarian-Swiss Cooperation Programme, IRI Europe is partnering the project ”Direct Democracy in Bulgaria –  Possibilities and Challenges”.

It includes educational and training features for local and regional partners and is intended to increase the democratic capacities of all involved stakeholders. Bulgaria has been a member state of the European Union since 2008 and has a population of approx. 7.5 million people. In 2009 it introduced a first set of direct-democratic procedures at the national level. Read more about the prospects and limits of modern people power in Bulgaria.

Read more about the prospects and limits of modern people power in Bulgaria...

The Navigator to Direct Democracy

A unique global information and collaboration platform on modern participative democracy.

The Navigator to Direct Democracy, facilitated by the Initiative and Referendum Institute Europe and Democracy International , is a unique global information and collaboration platform on modern participative democracy.

The Navigator to Direct Democracy aims to eventually feature all available procedures (legal designs), practices (case studies) and events of modern direct democracy in all jurisdictions (local, regional, national, transnational) across the world.

iri-europe-navigator-thumb.jpgIt is being created as a World Map collaboration platform with global information and based on the general typology of modern direct democracy: http://direct-democracy-navigator.org

The democratization of democracy worldwide

Bruno Kaufmann, president of IRI Europe, is founder and editor of People2Power.info , a global democracy media initiative hosted by swissinfo.ch , the world service of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation.

iri-europe-p2pinfo-thumb.jpgPeople2Power links modern democratic ideas and initiatives with actors and institutions across all borders, offering opinions and outlooks into the growing world of modern direct democracy.