Democracy in Decline?

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For almost a decade, Freedom House’s annual survey has highlighted a decline in democracy in most regions of the globe. Some analysts say this shows that the world has entered a "democratic recession." Others dispute that interpretation, emphasizing democracy’s success in maintaining the huge gains it made during the last quarter of the twentieth century.

What’s in a Name?

Article
April 2017

A review of What Is Populism? by Jan-Werner Müller.

The Modernization Trap

Article
April 2017

Populist nationalism is emerging as the main competitor to liberal democracy. But despite its current resurgence, in the long run, like other illiberal paths to modernity, it is likely to prove a dead end.

The End of the Postnational Illusion

Article
April 2017

With the advance of modernization, nationalism was supposed to fade away. Yet everywhere we look, even in advanced democracies, nationalism’s influence seems larger than ever. What did we get wrong?

When Dictators Die

Article
October 2016

What political consequences can we expect when aging dictators die while in power? A fifth of the world’s autocracies are facing such a possibility, but the evidence shows that this may not augur well for democracy.

Transition in China? More Likely Than You Think

Article
October 2016

Evidence from social science and history suggests that China is entering a “transition zone” that will threaten its capacity to maintain both authoritarian rule and high levels of economic growth.

Particularism’s Empire

Article
September 2016

A review of The Quest for Good Governance: How Societies Develop Control of Corruption by Alina Mungiu-Pippidi.

The Internet of Things

Article
July 2016

A review of Pax Technica: How the Internet of Things May Set Us Free or Lock Us Up by Philip N. Howard

Making Democratic Waves

Article
April 2016
A review of Making Waves: Democratic Contention in Europe and Latin America Since the Revolutions of 1848 by Kurt Weyland.

The Authoritarian Threat: Weaknesses of Autocracy Promotion

Article
January 2016

While “autocracy promotion” presents a real danger, its influence so far has been limited. Because authoritarian regimes are concerned first with furthering their own interests, their interventions often have contradictory effects, sometimes even inadvertently fostering greater pluralism.

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