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.

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.

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