2016 marked the 11th year in a row when countries in which repression is growing outnumbered countries with democratic stride. The trend of shrinking space has received a lot of attention along with growing challenges for civil society. Political actors however are rarely mentioned even though restrictions on civil society often is tailored to suppress political opposition. By neglecting the role of political parties, we risk overlooking the most important actor for both shrinking and widening space – the law makers. How can political peer-to-peer cooperation contribute to democratic space and respect for civil society?
Saskia Brechenmacher is an associate fellow in Carnegie’s Democracy and Rule of Law Program, where her research focuses on civil society, governance, and institutional reform in post-conflict societies and hybrid political regimes.
Jorge Valladares, Senior Programme Manager International IDEA
Machris Cabreros, President of Akbayan Citizen’s Action Party, Philippines
Martin Ängeby, Secretary General Swedish International Liberal Center
Olof Palme International Center in cooperation with Silc (Swedish International Liberal Center)
Key/search words for this session:
#democracy, #parties, #opposition, #politicalrights