The Legacies of 1989: The Transformative Power of Europe Revisited

Article
January 2014

Improving governance in the EU’s new member states remains a huge challenge for the European project. Why has the EU succeeded in promoting democracy among its postcommunist members but failed in promoting good governance?

Controlling Corruption Through Collective Action

Article
January 2013

Political competition by itself does not curb corruption. Societies must also have a combination of values, social capital, civil society, and civic culture in order to impose effective normative constraints on corruption.

Southeast Asia: Minding the Gap Between Democracy and Governance

Article
April 2012

Do democracy and good governance necessarily go hand-in-hand? In most Southeast Asian countries, a gap exists between the two. How should we understand good governance in an authoritarian context? And what does poor governance mean for the legitimacy of democracy?

Corruption in India: Can Freedom of Information Help?

Article
January 2012

India’s Right to Information Act discourages corruption by giving every citizen the right to access information from any public authority.

Corruption in India: An Enduring Threat

Article
January 2012

Social activist Anna Hazare’s hunger strike has helped to turn the world’s attention to India’s rampant corruption.

China and East Asian Democracy: Is CCP Rule Fragile or Resilient?

Article
January 2012

Is “authoritarian resilience” in China a passing phenomenon, or is it something more durable?

Election Observers and Their Biases

Article
July 2010

Why do election monitors sometimes issue contradictory statements or endorse flawed elections? The answers are not always straightforward; in some cases, the monitors’ good intentions may undermine their credibility.

Ukraine: The Uses of Divided Power

Article
July 2010

The 2010 presidential election shows that Ukraine is both a surprisingly stable electoral democracy and a disturbingly corrupt one. The corruption, moreover, may have a lot to do with the stability.

Trouble in Central America: Guatemala on the Brink

Article
April 2010

Strange and unsettling turns of events further roiled the already-troubled waters of Guatemalan political life in 2009, driving the crime-ridden country’s shaky democracy to the brink.

Trouble in Central America: Honduras Unravels

Article
April 2010

A Central American military once again returned to the political center stage in 2009, but this had less to do with power-hungry generals than with warring civilian elites whose respect for liberal-democratic principles proved to be questionable at best.

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