Posts Tagged:Budget

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Citizen engagement in Vancouver

While Austrian politics is becoming more and more of a fake democracy (whether it’s on the military referendum or the Viennese referendum), the Austrian newspaper DER STANDARD leads the way in terms of true participation. For a special issue on direct democracy it asks its readers for their ideas on articles as well as their…

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Vancouver Urban Forum: Let’s talk density!

Yesterday, I visited the Vancouver Urban Forum which was hosted by the Global Civic Policy Society and its Centre for Fourth Wave Urban Reform that were both founded by Vancouver’s former mayor Sam Sullivan. 20 urban thinkers including Edward Glaeser, Alan Broadbent, Gil Penalosa or Bill Rees discussed the topic of “Fourth wave urban reform:…

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Europe: Austerity fails

Finland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Greece, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Portugal, Romania, the Netherlands and probably soon also France – this is the Guardian’s long list of the European countries whose governments resigned or weren’t re-elected during the past 14 months (!) due to their failed austerity politics. So, what remains from Europe’s two-year long try to calm…

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