Category: Democratic institutions

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 »

How to defeat populism

     

Established democracies should draw lessons from the struggles of liberals fighting the good fight in younger and less stable democracies, says Stanford University political scientist Larry Diamond. Defeating populism requires… Read more »

Digital disruption will hurt democracy, experts say

     

The years of almost unfettered enthusiasm about the benefits of the internet have been followed by a period of techlash as users worry about the actors who exploit the speed, reach… Read more »

Democratic resilience – new directions for civil society support

     

The acquittal of civil society activist Osman Kavala followed by his absurd rearrest shows the abysmal state of rule of law and democracy in Turkey, notes analyst Marc Pierini. The… 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 »

Beyond Interests vs. Ideals? Advancing democracy in the ‘Arab Winter’

     

Tunisia’s interior regions have been a wellspring for social protests. Without deep economic restructuring, populists could pose an even graver threat to the country’s nascent democracy, argues analyst Hamza Meddeb…. Read more »

The ‘Great Online Convergence’: Digital authoritarianism comes to democracies?

     

  Russian civil society continues to dismantle pro-Kremlin disinformation, using both laughter and journalistic investigations. February has been a good month for those Russians who want to push back against pro-Kremlin… Read more »

Huawei: Will Europe ‘choose autocracy over democracy’?

     

Global competition between the U.S. and China is spurring countries around the world to increase their military spending, according to a new report by an international think tank that reported… 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 »

How to protect democracy from cyber attacks

     

  Growing cybersecurity threats are disrupting democracies and relationships around the world, the Truman National Security Project observes.* Democracies are particularly vulnerable to cyber attacks which can target institutions directly,… Read more »