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New Ways of Looking at Democracy

July/August 2016

Dr. Brett Hennig is the cofounder and director of the Sortition Foundation ( This is an edited extract from his new book, The End of Politicians, to be published by Unbound in late 2016 (

Democracy, in modern times, has become synonymous with elections. This was not always the case. In ancient Athens, and for almost two thousand years afterwards, it was synonymous with random selection, or sortition. Modern experiments with new ways of doing democracy, from Policy Juries to Citizens’ Assemblies to Constitutional Councils are harking back to the days of ancient Athens and sortition is undergoing a revival of use and an explosion of interest.

Empower, Account, Integrate and Sustain: The Board Administrator's Role

May/June 2016

Rockford Park District in Illinois (United States) operates 177 parks and facilities. As a major part of her role as Policy Governance and Community Relations Manager for the District, Julia Steiner Halsted is responsible for the administration of its use of the Policy Governance® system. Here, she reflects on what she has learned.

Caroline Oliver interviews Carsten Gerner-Beuerle

What Determines the Content of Corporate Governance Codes?

March/April 2016

Ever wondered how those corporate governance codes, from which so much governance practice is derived, come about? A few months ago, Board Leadership's editor, Caroline Oliver, came across Working Paper Number 5 in the London School of Economics' “Law Society and Economy” Series on “Determinants of Corporate Governance Codes.”1 She tracked down its author, Carsten Gerner-Beuerle, and asked him a few questions. …

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Caroline Oliver

Caroline has contributed to the development of Board Leadership since 2000 — first as a frequent contributor, then as managing editor, and now as editor. Since 1995 she has been involved as a book author and consultant with the Policy Governance system as developed by John Carver. She is currently CEO of the International Policy Governance Association (IPGA) which is a nonprofit community of practitioners, researchers and consultants interested in Policy Governance and other advanced governance systems. Caroline lives in Yorkshire, UK but maintains close ties with her friends and clients in Canada and the USA. The three books she has authored or co-authored are all published by Jossey Bass and she can frequently be found on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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