Category: Democratic institutions

‘Democracy Under Lockdown’: COVID19’s repression pandemic

     

  The world’s democracies are showing signs of strain from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new Freedom House analysis. The report, titled Democracy Under Lockdown, says “the COVID-19 pandemic has… Read more »

Civic renewal in prospect or still Bowling Alone?

     

Two decades ago, Robert Putnam published a book that provoked a small cottage industry’s worth of responses from pundits and scholars alike, notes Alexandra Hudson, a former policy advisor at… Read more »

Yuri Orlov ‘lit a fire under Soviet regime’

     

Yuri Orlov, physicist who became a symbol of Soviet dissent, dies at 96 https://t.co/21j9gD1Mdr — Democracy Digest (@demdigest) October 1, 2020 Yuri Orlov, a Russian-born physicist who designed particle accelerators,… Read more »

Covid pandemic a ‘stress test’ of democratic resilience to backsliding

     

Democracy is suffering in several European nations, including Hungary and Poland, according to a European Commission audit on the rule of law published Wednesday. The new report, the product of months… Read more »

How to cultivate democratic resilience in face of authoritarianism

     

How can the West combat disinformation without curbing its own free speech? This was one of the questions raised in this week’s CEPA forum on Resilience in the Face of Authoritarianism…. Read more »

Populism, pandemic & performance threaten liberal democracies

     

  Nationalist populist movements, fueled by resentment against ruling elites, typically attack the norms and procedures of liberal democracy, viewing them as rigged, corrupted, or under the control of nefarious… Read more »

Pandemic ‘wake-up call’: Should democracies develop new social contract?

     

  The post-war institutional arrangements at domestic and supranational levels worked exceptionally well, ushering in four decades of democratic flourishing, international peace, macroeconomic stability, and widespread prosperity. Never before have… Read more »