Democracy and political participation

Research examines different models of governance and political traditions across the world, as well as how opinions and decision structures affect society.

There are many different levels of social and economic development around the world, and states’ own contrasting histories of engagement with the people they govern have a huge impact on accepted political processes.

A major focus of Chatham House research is to examine the value and future of democracy in a changing world and its role in supporting an international order increasingly under threat from nationalist and populist attitudes.

Analyzing a wide range of political and social issues helps create a better understanding about why both political attitudes and public opinion within a society can be hugely diverse and challenging to manage well.