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.

Debating the Color Revolutions: What Are We Trying to Explain?

Article
January 2009

Change may be caused more by the frailty of the regime than the strength of the opposition, but in such cases the outcome is often less democratic.

Debating the Color Revolutions: Necessary Distinctions

Article
January 2009

Western pressure can be decisive, but it is not always easy to forecast when and how it will be applied.

Debating the Color Revolutions: An Interrelated Wave

Article
January 2009

Authoritarian weakness alone cannot explain why the mobilization process during the color revolutions assumed similar forms across varied contexts.

Debating the Color Revolutions: Getting Real About "Real Causes"

Article
January 2009

Structure, agency, and process all are critical in explaining the uneven pattern of electoral change in postcommunist Europe and Eurasia.

Can Cuba Change? Ferment in Civil Society

Article
January 2009

The opposition within Cuba has become more diverse as well as more unified, and the regime, despite its enduring capacity for repression, is showing signs of underlying weakness.

Can Cuba Change? Tensions in the Regime

Article
January 2009

Although the transfer of power from Fidel to Raúl has been relatively uneventful, potential divisions within the ruling elite, especially between the military and the Party, are likely to emerge before too long.

Illiberal Resilience in Serbia

Article
January 2009

Serbia has become a country where political contention is vigorous, but illiberal forces have shown an ability to adapt to the new conditions.

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