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Jennifer Guay

7 October 2018

United Kingdom

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In the UK, the What Works Centres are bringing scientific rigor into the realm of government by promoting evidence-based policymaking (EBPM). By evaluating policies through an unbiased, empirical approach like a rando...

Christian Science Monitor

Taylor Luck

5 June 2018

Amman, Jordan

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Protesters opposing a proposed income tax hike in Jordan stayed away from polarizing language and avoided proposing structural changes to the political system, a shift away from rhetoric used during the Arab Spring. “...

BBC

Vincent Ni

Alvaro Alvarez

28 April 2018

San Francisco, California, United States

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Chinese Americans in San Francisco came together to discuss their wide-ranging political viewpoints. The “Make America Dinner Again” event encouraged four Republicans and four Democrats to listen and connect with each...

ProPublica

Jeremy B. Merrill

26 April 2018

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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Finding campaign supporters can get creative in the age of social media. Arizona democrat Hiral Tipirneni solicited donations from Facebook users who liked the pages of liberal icons Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gilli...

The Atlantic

Sam Kean

26 January 2018

United States

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A statistic called the efficiency gap seems like a simple way to measure partisan gerrymandering. It’s easy to calculate and relies on actual election results, not hypothetical results, something called for back in 20...

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M.L. Schultze

22 December 2017

United States

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Gerrymandered Congressional districts, drawn using evermore individualized voter data, are set up to tip elections across the United States. Lawmakers and voting advocates are pushing back and creating new methods of ...

ThinkProgress

Kira Lerner

13 December 2017

Birmingham, Alabama, United States

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In Alabama, grassroots organizing targeting black voters resulted in a huge voter turnout. “98 percent of black women voted for Jones (Tyson’s initial estimate was conservative) along with 93 percent of black men.” “J...

A Government By Us

Patrick Chalmers

10 December 2017

Ireland

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Ireland held a citizens’ assembly to discuss the country’s contentious abortion laws and demonstrated the potential of such democracy-building initiatives. A random selection of participants gathered over five weekend...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Karis Hustad

4 December 2017

Copenhagen, Denmark

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“Out with the racists, in with the feminists!” is the slogan of a new political party in Denmark. The Feministik Initiativ is “a new intersectional feminist party in Denmark.” It won 3,258 votes in the regional electi...

Bloomberg CityLab

Andrew Small

9 November 2017

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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A Better Angels workshop helped eight liberals and eight conservatives talk with each other about divisive issues, such as immigration and LGBTQ rights. At a time when political partisanship is at record highs in the ...

Christian Science Monitor

Stacy Teicher Khadaroo

26 October 2017

South Bend, Indiana, United States

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Amid divisive free speech discussions on campus, students across the country formed BridgeUSA, a group dedicated to the 'transpartisanship' movement. Student representatives are trained to facilitate constructive disc...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Marco Werman

Joyce Hackel

27 September 2017

United States

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The average median-income family in the United States spends 13 hours per year preparing and filing their taxes, plus $370 paying someone to help. “In other countries, it’s a matter of minutes and costs nothing,” says...

The Marshall Project

Alysia Santo

22 September 2017

United States

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Public defender systems across the country are underfunded and understaffed. Viewed by progressives as a racial and class inequality problem, the issue is gaining major traction in red states under a different framing...

The New York Times

Jack Ewing

21 September 2017

Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

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With nearly one in five Germans working in manufacturing, the closing of steel mills and coal mines spelled trouble. Instead of despairing, blue-collar cities such as Dortmund leapt into the future. State and local of...

Christian Science Monitor

Taylor Luck

9 August 2017

Amman, Jordan

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Women’s right activists are gaining traction in Jordan and Tunisia. Their efforts have led to the rejection of old laws that protected rapists, and more representation in parliament. The progress women activists are m...

PassBlue

Maria Luisa Gambale

7 July 2017

New York, New York, United States

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On July 7, 122 United Nations member countries approved a new treaty prohibiting and eliminating nuclear weapons. The legally binding agreement emphasizes humanitarian concerns, including the disproportionate impact o...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

13 June 2017

United States

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Voter turnout in the United States is far below that in most democracies. States and cities are trying a variety of ways to increase turnout, with mixed success. Eight states and Washington, D.C., are moving to automa...

Fortune

Vivienne Walt

27 April 2017

Estonia

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Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the small outpost of Estonia has reinvented itself as the world’s digital pioneer. Everything from paying taxes to establishing companies is done online and takes minutes. Lawma...

The Guardian

Oliver Milman

27 April 2017

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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The Climate Solutions Caucus is made up of half Democrats and half Republicans, by design. Drawing strength from a growing wave of Republican support for climate action, the bipartisan congressional group is an attemp...

The New York Times

T.R. Reid

14 April 2017

United States

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Tax Day doesn’t have to be stressful. Governments around the world make paying taxes easy. How? By filling out tax returns for people instead of expecting them to slog through the forms themselves.

Priceonomics

Alex Mayyasi

22 March 2017

Sacramento, California, United States

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ReadyReturn is the only program in the United States that provides taxpayers with completed tax returns. It’s simple, easy, and has a 99% user satisfaction rate. Who’s not happy? Intuit, H&R Block, and other tax prepa...

Reclaim the American Dream

Hedrick Smith

28 November 2016

Eastsound, Washington, United States

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In 2016, the US had a historically large populist backlash against the political establishment. This inspired Hedric Smith to highlight where and how political reform in the US has succeeded or failed in an Orcas Curr...

Splinter

Sarah Lai Stirland

16 September 2016

Travis County, Texas, United States

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Making sure that voting systems are fair and accurate has become a major concern in the wake of rigging allegations in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Homomorphic encryption, now beginning to be used in the finan...

Kerning Cultures

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Lilly Crown

27 August 2016

Bahrain

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Sectarian conflict in Bahrain has torn friends and families apart, splitting the country into Sunni versus Shi’a. To soften the divisions, Bahrain Foundation for Reconciliation and Civil Discourse has hosted at least ...

Deseret News

Allison Pond

6 March 2016

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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As views become more polarized, people increasingly sort themselves into tribes based on political ideology. In a effort to diminish this polarization, a small group of activists and academics is searching for ways to...

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