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Global civil society and the ballot box

Vadim Dubnov, Novoe Vremya magazine, Jayanti S Ravi, former district administrator in Gujarat, and Hilary Wainwright, Red Pepper magazine, will participate in a public debate at LSE on Tuesday 7 December on Global Civil Society and the Ballot Box.

Civil society organisations and individuals are beginning to recognise that they can change the balance of power by a powerful combination of voter mobilisation and smart use of communications technology.

The results of many elections around the world in 2003-04 suggests that these efforts can transform politics: in 2003-4 Georgians took to the streets in the 'Rose Revolution' that forced out their president; India's marginalised groups helped the Congress Party to victory; angry Spaniards ousted the government that had led them into war in Iraq and Britons dealt the Labour administration a bloody nose in local elections.

  • Vadim Dubnov is deputy editor of Novoe Vremya (New Times) magazine and has been covering the Ukrainian elections.  
  • Jayanti S Ravi is a civil servant and former district administrator in Gujarat.  
  • Hilary Wainwright is editor of Red Pepper magazine and author of Reclaim the State: experiments in popular democracy.

Professor Mary Kaldor, director of the Centre for the Study of Global Governance at LSE, will chair this event.

Global Civil Society and the Ballot Box is on Tuesday 7 December at 6.30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE, Aldwych, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.


To request a press seat, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.Winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 

3 December 2004