Category: democratic erosion

Why democracies don’t face a ‘Weimar moment’

     

Given current illiberal threats to democracy “it is easy to conjecture a Weimar Republic landscape breeding national populist types. Perhaps too easy,” analysts Levy Yeyati and Andres Malamud recently wrote… Read more »

The ongoing democratic experiment: Reason for hope

     

Recent trends – not last democratic backsliding and autocratic resurgence – are enough to make one think that David Stasavage’s new book should have been about the rise and subsequent… Read more »

How Covid-19 may ’embed’ the new authoritarianism

     

The Covid-19 pandemic has been talked of as a historical rupture, igniting system change. Yet, the nature of the new world being born is still far from certain, and this… Read more »

Don’t underestimate resilience of the smart new despotisms

     

The new despotism defies the standard distinction between democracy and authoritarianism, argues John Keane (above), Professor of Politics at the University of Sydney and WZB (Berlin). The “whip-smart resilience” of… Read more »

Hong Kong democrats ‘left reeling’ by China’s power grab

     

Pro-democracy activists have called for mass protests against what they see as erosion of Hong Kong’s autonomy entailed in a proposed national security law to ban “treason, secession, sedition and… Read more »

Persuade or Perish: ‘Pandemic Propaganda and the Global Democracy Crisis’

     

Whether stated explicitly or implied, the theme that binds much of the pandemic malign influence currently targeting western nations is that democracy, both as a system of government and a set… Read more »

Democracy vs Authoritarianism Under COVID-19

     

Movements and regimes inspired by liberal ideals are increasingly finding themselves on the defensive in a world increasingly vulnerable to authoritarian mischief, notes analyst Brian Stewart. Although excessive centralization is… Read more »

How democracy will survive Covid pandemic

     

  Andrew James Klassen and Roberto Stefan Foa discuss the role that government effectiveness in handling Covid-19 will play in restoring or undermining faith in democracy. https://t.co/dNKH9TGsJW — PACE Funders… Read more »