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.

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.

Democracy Assistance: Political vs. Developmental?

Article
January 2009

Democracy-aid providers are moving away from one-size-fits-all strategies and are adapting their programs to diverse political contexts. Two distinct overall approaches to assisting democracy have emerged in response.

Hong Kong's Democrats Hold Their Own

Article
January 2009

A decade after the handover of their city to China, Hong Kong’s “pandemocrats” remain able to stand their ground at the ballot box.

Debating the Color Revolutions: A Reply to My Critics

Article
January 2009

The color revolutions illustrate both the prevalence of diffusion and the potential limits of its impact on political change.

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.

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