Category: Democratic Backsliding

Is the crisis of democracy ‘over-hyped’?

     

Allegations of Russian interference in the U.S. election are false and “make a mockery” out of American democracy, Moscow’s top diplomat has claimed, Newsweek reports. “[S]urely nobody seriously believes that… Read more »

Democratic backsliding: slippery slope of hostility toward media

     

On an unprecedented scale, authoritarian regimes are employing “sharp power” tactics to manipulate the very institutions that serve as the foundation of democracy, such as free media, says Christopher Walker,… Read more »

Mexico’s maverick populist may “corrode democracy from within”?

     

Sick of corruption and violence will Mexico’s voters embrace the maverick leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador (left), popularly known as AMLO? Jon Lee Anderson asks in the New Yorker. Historian… Read more »

Why democracy is in trouble

     

  Is democracy in trouble? Nearly 30 years after Francis Fukuyama declared the end of history and the triumph of liberal democracy, this question is no longer outlandish. But current… Read more »

After ‘sham election’, four steps for rebuilding Venezuela’s democracy

     

Electoral authorities declared President Nicolas Maduro, the Council on Foreign Relations notes, with about 68 percent of votes cast, the winner in a Sunday snap presidential election. Roughly 46 percent… Read more »

Has democracy lost its global appeal?

     

…. is the question addressed by a broad pool of experts and generalists in the May/June 2018 issue of Foreign Affairs, in which democracy is the lead package. Among those who strongly agreed… Read more »

Is democracy dying?

     

“Some say that global democracy is experiencing its worst setback since the 1930s and that it will continue to retreat unless rich countries find ways to reduce inequality and manage… Read more »

Hungary decaying into ‘Führer democracy’

     

This Sunday, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is set to win another term in national elections, giving him a fresh mandate to advance his project of building what he calls… Read more »

‘Undemocratic dilemma’ in populist challenge to liberal democracy

     

Slovakia has become the latest country in Eastern Europe to face a major political crisis. But while regional neighbors such as Poland and Hungary have been clashing with the EU… Read more »