Defending Democracy: Lessons for renewal?


In the face of democratic erosion and decay, do other countries’ experiences offer lessons on securing a route to democratic renewal?

Defending Democracy: Lessons from Around the World is a unique program designed to address current challenges to democracy by learning from other countries’ experiences. Over the course of the last two years, Open Gov Hub convened 9 Democracy Dialogues and produced 12 case studies on specific democracy challenges. Visit the newly launched site, produced in collaboration with Global Integrity and the Sunlight Foundation. 

After Protest: Pathways Beyond Mass Mobilization, a timely comparative Carnegie report, suggests that the aftermath of large-scale protests is vital, with protesters facing difficult choices: to evolve into new types of civic campaign, for instance, to integrate into mainstream politics, or to deal with government backlash, Tom Gerald Daly writes for Democratic Decay & Renewal (DEM-DEC).

The report resonates with numerous items in the NED’s Journal of Democracy (October 2019), including Patrick Chamorel’s analysis of how the Yellow Vest protests have re-shaped French politics, while Mai Hassan and Ahmed Kodouda recount how the popular uprising that ousted Sudan’s longtime dictator, Omar al-Bashir, has resulted in a tenuous democratization process threatened by the renewed strength of the security forces, he adds.



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