Category: Democratic Governance

Policy recommendations for strengthening democracy

     

  In the wake of Freedom in the World 2020, the latest survey of political rights and civil liberties in 210 states, which details continuing democratic deterioration, Freedom House offers a… Read more »

Global struggle for democracy ‘lacking leadership’

     

The past twelve months registered the 14th consecutive year of decline in global freedom, according to Freedom in the World 2020, the latest survey of political rights and civil liberties… Read more »

How authoritarian regimes made coronavirus outbreak worse

     

The coronavirus spread from China, but the ruling Communist Party doesn’t want the world spreading it back, notes Anna Fifield. China’s Communist Party appears mindful that other governments might lack the… Read more »

Advancing democracy: What works and why?

     

“What factors and conditions should exist for local pro-democracy, human rights, and labor organizations  to effect positive change?” The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL)… Read more »

Democratic rights popular but commitment not so robust

     

While democracy remains a popular idea globally, average citizens’ commitment to democratic principles is not consistently robust, according to a new 34-nation Pew Research Center survey. Overwhelming majorities say the… Read more »

Globally, more dissatisfied than satisfied with democracy, says Pew survey

     

People around the world are widely dissatisfied with democracy in their country and believe that elected officials don’t care what people like them think, according to a new Pew Research Center… Read more »

Mubarak’s legacy – Arab Spring’s failure?

     

Hosni Mubarak, the autocratic ruler of Egypt whose nearly 30 years in power came to an abrupt, bloody climax in 2011 after a popular revolt swept across the Arab world,… Read more »

Liberalism or illiberalism vs. democracy?

     

Following four-plus years of assault by the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, the embattled Polish judiciary may be on its last legs. On 4 February, amid mass domestic and international… Read more »

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 »