Democracy and political participation

Research examines different models of governance across the world, as well as how the political process differs in countries with varied political traditions.

The work considers different levels of social and economic development, and how contrasting histories of engagement with other states can impact on internal political processes.

Chatham House research also examines the value of democracy in a changing world and its role in supporting the international order, which involves analyzing a wide range of political and social issues, and taking into account that both political attitudes and public opinion within a society can be hugely diverse.

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Ramaphosa Has Won the Battle. But Can He Win the War?

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Kenya: Still No Country for Women

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Consolidating Democracy in Post-War Sierra Leone

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Europe's Political Tribes: Exploring the Diversity of Views Across the EU

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Exiting the Echo Chamber: Opening Up Political Discourse

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Next Generation Nigeria: Youth, Opportunity and Governance for the Future

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Next Generation Nigeria: Participation, Accountability and National Cohesion

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Digital Participation and Democracy in East Africa

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Kenya Elections 2017: Prospects for a Credible Process

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Warlord Democrats in Africa: Ex-Military Leaders and Electoral Politics

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Asfari Forum: Perspectives on Islam and Democracy

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Media, Democracy and Political Influence: Does the Fourth Estate Still Matter?

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Nigeria's New Voters: Youth, Civic Education and Political Participation

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