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by AGORA member
14 March 2017

In essence, the primary purpose of parliaments is to be representative of society. Certainly, representation largely enables the “place of talk”, as one could interpret the word parliament from Latin, to issue legislation that takes into account the interests of the various groups present in a territorial entity, such as a state. Nonetheless, how many parliaments could actually pride themselves as truly representative institutions?

With regards to gender representation, not so many....

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by AGORA moderator
6 March 2017

ALGIERS: Algerian law requires the next Parliament to be made up of 30 percent women – but political parties across the spectrum have struggled to come up with enough female candidates to fill the quota. While universities in this Muslim North African nation are increasingly full of young women, politics is still largely seen as a male domain.

A relatively macho culture, especially in the desert and rural heartland, has left many parties short of female options as they sift through...

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by AGORA member
6 March 2017

The revamping of the Parliament’s website is one of the top priorities to be discussed  in a Working Group involving MPS from different parties for a digital parliament, in Portugal. The aim is to create a new layout and put in place ICT tools in order to facilitate the participation of citizens in parliamentary debates.

The list of proposals...

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by AGORA moderator
6 March 2017

The Dutch elections on 15 March are being seen as the first milestone in 2017's super election year in Europe, at least when not counting the 3 March elections for the Northern Ireland assembly.

The European Commission said this week the series of elections in the Netherlands, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Bulgaria and possibly Italy are one of the factors that will influence the EU's economic prospects, but they will also be a string of indicators for those wanting to know how...

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by AGORA moderator
2 March 2017

“2015 will be the last election conducted under the current electoral process” were the words that came out of Justin Trudeau’s mouth when he hit the campaign trail in the summer of 2015.  He promised that electoral reform would occur within the first 18 months if the Liberals were elected, but 14 months later the Liberal government is going back on their word and declaring that electoral reform is no longer a part of their agenda. Despite voicing support for electoral reform in the past,...

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by AGORA moderator
2 March 2017

When you pass Peter Plasman's law firm in the Dutch capital Amsterdam, you would not know that he is standing for election on 15 March.

There are no posters on the office's windows, or political slogans.

That's because Plasman promises to be a different kind of member of the lower house of the Dutch parliament: one who never shows up.

“Many people's first response was: is this a joke?” Plasman told EUobserver on Wednesday (1 March).

But Plasman is serious: if he...

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by AGORA member
1 March 2017

Staff members from three parliaments (Ghana, Uganda and Zimbabwe) are participating in a Learning Exchange programme coordinated by the African Centre for Parliamentary Affairs (ACEPA), as part of the VakaYiko project. The aim is to strengthen the role of parliamentary information support units in evidence uptake by providing a space for peer exchange and support—both ‘learning together’ and ‘learning from...

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by AGORA member
24 February 2017

Spending estimates about to be tabled won't reflect this year's budget — just like last year

One year after pledging to change the way Parliament reviews and approves government spending, Treasury Board President Scott Brison is still trying to fix the problem.
 

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by AGORA member
22 February 2017

The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International  IDEA) seeks proposals from qualified consultants for the “Drafting of a Parliamentary Oversight Manual for the Parliament of Bhutan” before Monday, 6 March 2017 at 23:59 (CET).

The required services include:

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by AGORA member
22 February 2017

Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), in collaboration with the University of Birmingham, invites you to attend the conference Deliberating Democratisation: Examining Democratic Change and the Role of International Democracy Support, which will be held on 7 and 8 March at the home of the British Academy, 10-11...

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