Category: democratic renewal

Fulfilling the promise of 1989: Time for a second liberation of ‘profound renewal’

     

On the tenth anniversary of 1989, at the brink of the millennium, we could celebrate both the original triumph of the velvet revolutions and great subsequent progress. By the twentieth… Read more »

Democracy on a knife edge: authoritarian populism vs constitutional liberalism

     

Creeping cooperation between mainstream parties and the populist right, unthinkable only a couple of years ago, has become strikingly common at the local level, with potentially cascading consequences for European… Read more »

Democratic renewal: An ideological dimension to great power competition

     

American power is being challenged by rivals, such as China, that are keen to replace Washington as the one to write the rules of global conduct, argues Mira Rapp-Hooper, Stephen… Read more »

Reinvent democracy as populists ‘weaponize the will of the people’

     

The political arguments made by some contemporary politicians use the language of democracy, but the underlying logic has more in common with populist authoritarianism – a strategy that could be… Read more »

The Narrow Corridor: how to secure liberty and democracy

     

Why do some countries develop democracy and liberty while others fall prey to authoritarian rule or anarchy? If it is the case that “everywhere people are interested in liberty” what… Read more »

Reassessing 1989: How authoritarians upended democratic assumptions

     

  Vladimir Putin’s kleptocratic regime has developed a network of patrons across Europe, spreading corruption that weakens democracies from the inside and helps Putin to maintain power, according to a… Read more »

Resilience and renewal can reverse democratic retrenchment

     

If democratic states renew their political institutions and social contracts and forge a wide coalition for action, a period of strategic competition with China and firm push-back against Russia could… Read more »

The anti-liberal moment: ‘shocking’ paper predicts democracy’s demise

     

To challenge liberalism is to not merely engage in ordinary political argumentation. It is to call into question the entire operating system that defines the world’s democracies. It is, by… Read more »

The United Kingdom of Absurdistan: Britain’s ‘Enemy of the People’

     

By undermining Parliament in one of the most important political debates of the century, British premier Boris Johnson poses the same dangers to liberal democracy that populist agitators did to… Read more »

Is a ‘democratic depression’ around the corner?

     

The emergence of populism reflects severe problems with representation and accountability in democracies worldwide. However, despite potentially increasing the representativeness of a country’s politics, populists in government increase the risk… Read more »