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LogoDBWithin this project, three analog democracy games were developed based on insights from the research project  Democracy Barometer.

The game cards (including the rules of two game variants) are available as print & play templates for free download.

The project leaders are Saskia Ruth-Lovell, Rebecca Welge and Robert Lovell. The project and the development of the card games (DB Blueprint I & DB Kniffel) was funded by the Centre for Democracy Studies in Aarau, ZDA (Zentrum für Demokratie Aarau, Switzerland). All numbers shown on the cards are based on the Democracy Barometer project data set.
Saskia Ruth-Lovell, Rebecca Welge, and Robert Lovell have created further sets under their own initiative with financial support from the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies in Hamburg (Germany). These sets, a Global South set and an English version of the DB Blueprint I set, are also available on this homepage.


Learning democracy through analog gamesQuartettkarten CH


We provide tools to playfully explore what democracy means and what constitutes the quality of a democracy. The game variants DB Happy Families and DB Top Trump enable different teaching and learning goals depending on the educational level and target group.

The games are particularly suitable as

  • a playful introductions for people without explicit previous knowledge
  • a starting point for controversial discussions about democracy and different forms of democracies
  • an in-depth study of the democracy concept of the research project Democracy Barometer

More background information about the different game variations and the thematic background are summarized in the manual (currently available in German only). The rules are included in the card sets.


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All card sets and the game rules are available as free downloads.
The game cards can be printed out individually and prepared with or for the learners to play.


Available EN Downloads Let's Play Democracybarometer:

  • "DB Happy Families Cards, Global South Set” (PDF-Download, Game Rules & 32 Playing Cards)
    [Printout: DinA4 landscape format, colour print, 1 page per sheet, both sides (flip at long edge)]

  • "DB Happy Families Cards, Blueprint I Set” (PDF-Download, Game Rules & 32 Playing Cards)
    [Printout: DinA4 landscape format, colour print, 1 page per sheet, both sides (flip at long edge)]

Democracybarometer-Informationen «DB Happy Families Cards»: The cards include graphic representations of existing democracies (democracy spiders) of eight countries per set at four different times each, as well as a classification of the respective democracy in the corresponding year on the nine democratic functions (function values) of the project.


Please change language settings of this webpage for download documents in German. There are different games and documents available on the German and English website.


Project information and rights of use

All materials may be used in their present form by third parties, in particular for use in classroom teaching, non-commercial educational events, at universities, as well as for the training and further education of teachers and trainers in the field of democratic learning.

Saskia Ruth-Lovell, Rebecca Welge und Robert Lovell own the rights to the materials. If you are interested in using the materials in other contexts, or in further developing or changing them, please contact one of the project managers. The same applies if you want to use the materials in a commercial context.

The development of these card games was made possible by a project of the Demokrative - Initiative für Politische Bildung and the financial support of the Zentrum für Demokratieforschung Aarau (ZDA) as well as the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA).

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Please reference these materials:

Ruth-Lovell, Saskia; Rebecca Welge; and Robert Lovell (2019) "Democracy and Games: Let's Play Democracy Barometer, print & play materials", Demokrative - Initiative for Political Education, [].