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Global conversations on democracy: The search for democratisation

Dominant institutionalisation of power in the state apparatus is today largely negotiated by three Ms -- Market, Military and Media -- controlled by the politico-bureaucratic-economic elites of a country, writes John Samuel The ideals and idea of democracy are being subverted by a new nexus of corporate interests: an entrenched nexus of interests and power configurations between the political, economic, bureaucratic and media elites that has captured the electoral process and apparatus of the state in the name of democracy 

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The shifting sands of multi-polar politics

The world is changing. Old ideas and institutions are being seriously challenged while new forms of expression and dissent emerge. John Samuel discusses how in a time of flux, new imaginations, new possibilities and a new politics are inevitable

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Managing social change organisations

Values such as transparency, participation and public interest should be reflected in the governing policies of voluntary organisations, writes John Samuel, and must be translated into organisational and programme practice

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Call for corporate accountability

The litmus test of economic growth is whether growth improves the lives and livelihoods of the poorest and most marginalised, writes John Samuel. If economic growth alienates and excludes poor people, then such a growth model is both immoral and unethical

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The rhetoric and reality of power

In any form of institution, power operates at three levels -- a set of dominant ‘ideals’, dominant ‘interests’ and ‘identity’ -- which together constitute the power matrix of the institution and the predominant ideology that drives it, writes John Samuel

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Politics and the new media

Language matters. Communication is the lifeline of power. And when technologies and communications change, so too do power configurations. That is what the history of the world in the last three thousand years has shown us. John Samuel explains

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Economic governance and budget accountability

Budgets do not operate in a political or economic vacuum. They reflect the dynamics of power within an economy, and highlight the policy and political choices of those who are in government, writes John Samuel.

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Civil society and the private sector

The engagement of civil society with the private sector can be an important lever for positive social change, writes John Samuel.

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Erosion of the European economy?

Europe’s economic crisis needs to understood not only in the context of the crisis of credit-driven speculative finance capitalism worldwide, but also in the larger context of the economic, social and cultural history of Western Europe, writes John Samuel.

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The politics of corruption

While a strong anti-corruption law can reduce petty corruption, at the heart of the problem is the increasing lack of accountability in the political system, big corporations, media and even NGOs, writes John Samuel. Breaking the nexus between business elites and political parties could be the first step

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