Category: Democratic Governance

Renewing Democracy in the Digital Age

     

The scholar Hélène Landemore, a professor of political science at Yale, has spent much of her career trying to understand the value and meaning of democracy and trying to solve… Read more »

Defending democracy from its detractors

     

Modern anti-democrats tend to make two mutually reinforcing points, notes Andrew Gelman, a professor of statistics and political science at Columbia University: First, that voters cannot be trusted because they make… Read more »

Where and why people are satisfied with democracy

     

Global dissatisfaction with democracy has increased over the past 25 years, according to a recent Cambridge University report. Drawing upon the HUMAN Surveys project, the report covered 154 countries, with 77 countries… Read more »

‘Westlessness’: Liberal democracies’ malaise allows for renewal

     

A revitalization of the West in the world must start at home. But, in contrast to autocratic regimes, liberal democracies have built-in mechanisms that allow for course corrections and democratic… Read more »

Stop advancing democracy and ‘learn to live with despots’?

     

Instead of advancing democracy we should aim for good enough governance, argues #FSI‘s Stephen D Krasner, a Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and the… Read more »

Does Zelensky want to break oligarchs’ grip on Ukraine?

     

If Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky fails to rein in the oligarchs and rampant judicial corruption, his reforms will sputter and Ukraine will lose its best chance in decades to escape… Read more »

‘Zeitgeist of deepening anxiety’ over democratic backsliding

     

Authoritarian resurgence is puzzling intellectually because the dominant theoretical paradigm during the past four decades has focused on explaining the drivers of democratic advance, not retreat, says a leading analyst…. Read more »

Why democracy is good for you — and vice versa

     

Midnight military coups and backroom deals did not bring strongmen to power in former democracies that have joined the ranks of the world’s autocracies. Everyday frustrations over high health-care costs,… Read more »

‘Democracy: From Theory to Practice’: Assessing decay, breakdown and renewal

     

The autocratic resurgence was a factor in prompting USAID to declare 2020 as the Year of Democracy and launch a campaign called #Democracy Is… in order “to highlight the interlocking… Read more »

Global dissatisfaction with democracy at record high, report reveals

     

Dissatisfaction with democracy within developed countries is at its highest level in almost 25 years, according to University of Cambridge researchers. The study draws on the biggest global dataset on… Read more »