The Monitor's View Remodeling democracy, 800 years on

Global surveys show rising distrust of traditional democracy, and many institutions. Yet other indicators suggest young people want different types of civic engagement. The media must probe beyond the politics of conflict.


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This year marks the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, Latin for “Great Charter.” The document, sealed by King John in 1215, helped launch the long struggle for democracy and civic rights around the world. Yet by many measures, traditional democracy – at least the kind spread widely in the 20th century – appears to be in trouble, leading some experts to ask if democracy itself is changing.