Category: Democracy Digest

Holiday

     

Democracy Digest posts will be light over the coming week due to the holiday and vacation. For regular updates, check out the Digest Facebook page and Twitter feed.

How social movements can counter democratic downgrades

     

Europe’s populist revolt is realigning the continent’s politics around new fault lines: City versus countryside, working class versus highly educated elites, “sovereignists” versus “globalists.” This has come at the expense… Read more »

Populists pushing democracies towards deadlock

     

Recent elections in Spain, Israel and Germany failed to resolve political paralysis and produce governing coalitions. Each country’s situation has its own intricacies and complications. But there are also two general… Read more »

‘Beyond Populism’: A way out of the quagmire?

     

Much has been made of the seemingly inevitable rise of authoritarian politics in Europe, but the true picture in Europe today is far more complex than what such generalizations allow,… Read more »

Iranian democracy: playing the long game

     

Civil society activist Mariam Memarsadeghi and her NGO Tavaana aren’t planning for the “day of” the revolution, the way so many other opponents of the Iranian regime seem to be…. Read more »

Civil society sees pathways out of Venezuelan crisis

     

The US and European Union remain aligned in a mutual commitment to the restoration of democracy and prosperity in Venezuela, said Special Representative Elliot Abrams. “We have the same goal,… Read more »

Is AMLO taking Mexico ‘down a dangerous populist path’?

     

  Mexico is a relatively young democracy with historically weak institutions including a corruption-riven judiciary and powerful, politically-motivated unions. Now some investors and analysts fear that in pursuing the mirage… Read more »

Revive social contract to renew democracy

     

Widespread dissatisfaction with democracy has created political space of illiberal populist forces, which – like Hungary’s Viktor Orban – use democratic institutions for authoritarian ends. But popular discontent is also… Read more »

How Kremlin’s ‘tools of malign political influence’ undermine democracy

     

Kremlin-backed hackers discussed plans to stir up racial resentment in the United States in hopes of tearing American society apart, according to secret documents obtained by a Russian opposition group…. Read more »