Schmitter’s Retrospective: A Few Dissenting Notes

Article
January 2010

Another coauthor of Transitions from Authoritarian Rule questions whether his former collaborator is underrating the current dangers to democracy.

Twenty Years of Postcommunism: In Search of A New Model

Article
January 2010

In the twenty years since 1989, acute excitement over democratic transition and consolidation gave way to symptoms of “democracy fatigue” and elite exhaustion; successful economic transition away from state socialism fell victim to a crisis of the free-market model; and the EU’s transformative power has reached its geopolitical limits. The nations of Central and Eastern Europe successfully imitated a model that is now in crisis. Like the rest of the world, they currently find themselves in search of a new democratic paradigm.

Twenty-Five Years, Fifteen Findings

Article
January 2010

A coauthor of the pathbreaking study Transitions from Authoritarian Rule reflects on the lessons that he has learned about democratic transition and consolidation since the publication of this work nearly 25 years ago.

Why Are There No Arab Democracies?

Article
January 2010

Democracy has held its own or gained ground in just about every part of the world except for the Arab Middle East. Why has this crucial region remained such infertile soil for democracy?

A New Approach to Postwar Reconstruction

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October 2009

As countries emerge from war and embark on recovery, the risk of corruption is high and the consequences are dire. International aid must be accompanied by an anticorruption strategy that incorporates community-driven accountability.

Poverty, Inequality, and Democracy (II): East-Central Europe’s Quandary

Article
October 2009

The countries of Central and Eastern Europe have been struggling to devise approaches to political economy that can bring stability, prosperity, and a measure of equality in a world dominated by global finance and exchange.

Jordan: Ten More Years of Autocracy

Article
October 2009

Jordan gets much good press for having one of the more open and liberal regimes in the Arab world, but that reputation masks a considerably grimmer reality.

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.

Tanzania's Missing Opposition

Article
October 2009

The country's long-ruling party has never faced a serious electoral challenge—due not only to opposition weakness but also to a deliberate strategy of suppression.

Democratization by Elections? Competitive Clientelism in the Middle East

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July 2009

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

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