The lines between the development-aid and democracy-aid communities have been blurring, in terms of both organizational boundaries and activities on the ground, but the convergence is far from complete.
The development community now agrees with the democracy community that politics matters, but the two communities still differ in their understanding of what drives changes in institutions.
Development specialists and democracy-support experts should recognize—and maximize—each other’s relative strengths and comparative advantages.
Efforts to do comparative research on political attitudes have been complicated by varying understandings of “democracy.” The Afrobarometer is exploring new techniques to overcome this difficulty.
Over the years, the Asian Barometer Survey has yielded some surprising results. A new typological analysis helps to make sense of them.
How can Chinese claim strongly to support both democracy and their authoritarian regime? The answer may lie in a Confucian concept of democracy.
- Excerpts from remarks by Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt, U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton, and Jerzy Buzek, president of the European Parliament, given on July 3 at a high-level meeting to mark the tenth anniversary of the the founding of the Community of Democracies.
- An excerpt from the June 30 inaugural address of Benigno S. (Noynoy) Aquino III, who was elected president of the Philippines on May 10.