Hungary’s Illiberal Turn: Can Outsiders Help?

Article
July 2012

Can outside actors help Hungarians to loosen Fidesz’s centralized grip on all of their country’s governing institutions?

The Impact of the Economic Crisis: From the G-8 to the G-20

Article
January 2011

The financial crisis did not deal a fatal blow to any democracies, but it did hasten an erosion of the influence of the West. In the future, the balance of power among competing regime types may be decided by the emerging-market democracies.

Election Observers and Their Biases

Article
July 2010

Why do election monitors sometimes issue contradictory statements or endorse flawed elections? The answers are not always straightforward; in some cases, the monitors’ good intentions may undermine their credibility.

The Ballot and the Badge: Democratic Policing

Article
April 2010

In emerging democracies and postconflict countries, improved policing is almost always urgently required. Yet international-assistance efforts in this area pay almost no attention to the crucial need to ensure that the new-model police are not only effective, but democracy-friendly.

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.

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.

Books in Review: Arms and the Humanitarian

Article
July 2009

A review of Freedom’s Battle: The Origins of Humanitarian Intervention by Gary J. Bass.

Moldova's "Twitter Revolution"

Article
July 2009

In April 2008, disputed election results in the tiny state of Moldova sparked violent protests and a harsh response from state authorities.

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?

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