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EPD invests significant time and resources into carrying out research and analysis, publishing papers, reports and articles. Given the relative shortage of democracy policy research, there is a need to fill the gap by engaging in systematic analysis that falls between a broad analysis of democracy and evaluations of specific democracy projects. Improving this evidence base is vital for improvements in the impact of actual policies. In our work, we investigate some of the most pressing challenges to democracies worldwide, such as democracy in the digital age and shrinking democratic space.

Research papers

This paper sketches out the medium-term consequences of the pandemic for democratic governance around the world based on a comprehensive overview of current trends and evidence, providing possible scenarios for the future of democracy.

The paper aims to broaden the understanding of the different tactics that countries and governments use to close democratic space. By better understanding the reasons why democratic space is shrinking, we hope to contribute to a strategic framework for countering and preventing attacks on democratic space.

The paper aims to broaden the understanding of the different tactics that countries and governments use to close democratic space. By doing this, we hope to contribute to a strategic framework for countering and preventing attacks on democratic space.

European support for democracy is at a crossroads. It is with these choices in mind that we embarked, 18 months ago, on a participatory review of European support for democracy. This has included several stand-alone papers on democracy support and one report.

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