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Improving the information position of the parliaments of Albania, Kosovo and North Macedonia

Alike in most countries, the parliaments of Albania, Kosovo, and North Macedonia are affected by an information paradox: MPs are overloaded with information, yet there is a shortage of specific information on which to base their work. At a...

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Representation of the Interests of the Citizens by the Members of Parliament – Truth or Myth

According to data from field surveys conducted in 2018-2021 by the Institute for Democracy (IDSCS) as part of the Parliament Support Program (PSP), show that citizens believe that their interests are not always represented in the legislature. This comparative...

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IDSCS coordinated study visits by the Visegrad Group researchers to the Western Balkans capitals

Under the auspices of the ‘Cooperation Instrument for the Western Balkans Think Tanks – THINK BALKANS’ project, financially supported by the International Visegrad Fund and implemented by the Institute for Democracy “Societas Civilis” – Skopje (IDSCS), in cooperation with the European Movement...

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MIRROR MIRROR ON THE WALL, HOW ARE ANTI-CORRUPTION EFFORTS GOIN’? National Strategy oversight guidelines

The oversight over the implementation of the national Strategy for Fight Against Corruption is an important mean that should ensure that the Strategy delivers concrete results for the citizens, which is the objective of any public policy. The key...

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IDSCS and A.L.T.R.I co-organised a closed hybrid workshop about the judicial culture in the Western Balkans

The Institute for Democracy (IDSCS) and the Albanian Legal and Territorial Research Institute (A.L.T.R.I) co-organised a closed hybrid workshop at the Rogner Hotel in Tirana and on Zoom on May 20 and 21, covering the topics “Judicial culture in...

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IDSCS and Stanford University organised the final lecture for the LAD Balkan Alumni

  Institute for Democracy in partnership with Stanford University organised the final event for the LAD Balkan Alumni on 21 May 2021. This lecture was delivered in partnership with the Delivery Associates on the topic of “Tech & Trust:...

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Centralized efforts, fragmented responsibilities: Government anticorruption plans and the role of the Parliament

Anti-corruption policies and narratives are gaining ground in the government agendas in the Western Balkans region. North Macedonia is one of the countries facing serious challenges in the fight against corruption. The government, regardless of the outcome, has made...

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The new EU accession methodology. Is it enough to pull the Western Balkans in?

In times when the European Union is struggling to grow stronger from the crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, its efforts in the area of enlargement are seemingly put on hold. For some time already, the Council remains frozen...

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IDSCS and Stanford University organised a lecture titled “American Democracy: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly”

On 29 April 2021, the Institute for Democracy in partnership with Stanford University organised a lecture on the topic of  “American Democracy: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly”, taught by Professor Kent Weaver. The event was organised for...

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Citizens’ information about the work of the Assembly of the Republic of North Macedonia

The source of legitimacy of MPs to hold sessions and take action and decisions in the Assembly derives from the citizens. The representative function entails MPs’ obligations to ensure transparency and inclusiveness in their work for the general public,...