Category: democratic values

How nationalism’s ‘social solidarity’ bolsters democracy

     

By the end of World War Two, nationalism had been thoroughly discredited. Critics charged that national self-interest had prevented democratic governments from cooperating to end the Great Depression, and that… Read more »

Moscow in Movement: Record protests present new challenge to Putin’s dominance

     

An estimated fifty thousand people in Moscow (Moscow Times/CFR) protested the barring of independent candidates from the ballot in an upcoming local election in what was one of the country’s… Read more »

Kremlin under siege: after 20 years in power, Putin ‘looks weaker than ever’

     

Twenty years ago, Vladimir Putin appeared on the political Olympus in the guise of an effective bureaucrat with a security services background; a market-oriented statesman and pragmatist without ideological pretenses,… Read more »

Democracy Beyond the Ballot Box? Disinformation & Electoral Integrity

     

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau inaugurated the 6th Open Government Partnership (OGP) Summit by welcoming more than 2,000 former Heads of State, ministers, local government officials, and civil society leaders to Ottawa. The summit… Read more »

Liberal democracy needs new strategies to prevail over populism

     

Populists have won nearly three in 10 seats in the European parliament, according to new analysis, which also shows how anti-establishment parties fell short of apocalyptic predictions, The Guardian reports:… Read more »

Democracies under pressure: how and why citizens are disenchanted

     

The idea of democracy has revolutionized the world. It is based on a political order whose main feature is making the exercise of power subject to the consent of the… Read more »

Democracies in ideological competition with China – not clash of civilizations

     

China’s President Xi Jinping is now invoking cultural diversity as a pretext for opposing democracy and asserting Beijing’s sharp power, reports suggest. Xi repeated his rallying cry on Wednesday as he… Read more »

Economic grievances, out-of-touch elites driving discontent with democracy

     

Popular discontent about the economy, individual rights and out-of-touch elites is driving dissatisfaction with democracy and fueling populism. Citizens view politicians as unsympathetic to ordinary people and unable to effect… Read more »

‘The Demon in Democracy’? Resisting the illiberal temptation

     

Nearly fifty years after the Soviet empire’s collapse, the few remaining states adhering to the Stalinist model hold little allure, notes Gabriel Schoenfeld, the author of, among other books, Necessary… Read more »