Is our democracy in transition? Traditional democratic institutions, like elections and the multi-party system, are losing ground. While new players, such as community initiatives and social entrepreneurs, are taking up responsibility for the public domain. Are we in need of serious change? A transition occurs when a landscape of broad developments co-evolve with innovative niche practices to push the existing system to transform. 

On this page, we gather examples of niche practices and develop insights into the societal trends that are redirecting our democracy.


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New Democracy is a collaboration of Netwerk Democratie, European Cultural Foundation and Pakhuis de Zwijger.