Angola's Façade Democracy

Article
October 2009

Parliamentary elections in 2008 secured the MPLA's hegemony and decimated the opposition, while paradoxically increasing the government's legitimacy.

Democratization by Elections? Competitive Clientelism in the Middle East

Article
July 2009

Legislative elections in the Middle East often become contests over patronage and wind up reinforcing authoritarian regimes.

Democratization by Elections? Opposition Weakness in Africa

Article
July 2009

Due to weak opposition parties and presidential dominance, many African countries have not reaped the full benefits of regularly held elections.

Democratization by Elections? A Mixed Record

Article
July 2009

Evidence suggests that under some circumstances repeated elections, even if flawed, can lead to democratization.

Kosovo: Independence and Tutelage

Article
April 2009

In February 2008, Kosovo broke away from Serbia and declared its independence. But to what extent is it making progress toward its goals of sovereignty and democracy?

Another Step Forward for Ghana

Article
April 2009

Ghana held its fourth successful elections in late 2008 and subsequently witnessed the peaceful handover of power from ruling party to opposition. The country’s leaders must now reform its institutions of governance.

The Consequences of Democratization

Article
April 2009

For the past few decades, scholars have been focusing on the causes of democratization. It is now time to devote systematic attention to analyzing the costs and benefits that democracy brings.

The 2008 Freedom House Survey: A Third Year of Decline

Article
April 2009

Although 2008 was marked by democratic setbacks as well as authoritarian “pushback” against reformers, democracy remains the only system of government that commands global respect.

Religion and Democracy

Article
April 2009

The secularization hypothesis has failed, and failed spectacularly. We must find a new paradigm to help us understand the complexities of the relationship between religion and democracy.

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