Explaining Eastern Europe: Romania’s Italian-Style Anticorruption Populism

July 2018

In Romania today, as in Italy twenty years ago, the gradual politicization of anticorruption has come to shape the political scene.

The Quest for Good Governance: Learning from Virtuous Circles

January 2016

Are the “virtuous circles” crucial to good governance always the product of long-term developments under unique historical circumstances, or can they be started or accelerated by wise policies?

The Evolution of Political Order

October 2015

A review of Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy by Francis Fukuyama.

The Splintering of Postcommunist Europe

January 2015

Institutional choices matter in the postcommunist world, but geopolitical and civilizational boundaries still set the horizons of political possibility.

The Legacies of 1989: The Transformative Power of Europe Revisited

January 2014

Improving governance in the EU’s new member states remains a huge challenge for the European project. Why has the EU succeeded in promoting democracy among its postcommunist members but failed in promoting good governance?

Controlling Corruption Through Collective Action

January 2013

Political competition by itself does not curb corruption. Societies must also have a combination of values, social capital, civil society, and civic culture in order to impose effective normative constraints on corruption.

Twenty Years of Postcommunism: The Other Transition

January 2010

Seven leading experts on Central Europe and the former Soviet Union examine the progress of democratization in the postcommunist world since the fall of the Berlin Wall, and point to the challenges that lie ahead.

Moldova's "Twitter Revolution"

July 2009

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

Is East-Central Europe Backsliding? EU Accession Is No "End of History"

October 2007

The countries of Central and Eastern Europe successfully transitioned to democracy. Do their ongoing political problems exist today because of or in spite of the European Union?

Books in Review: Assisting Political Parties

April 2007

A review of Confronting the Weakest Link: Aiding Political Parties in New Democracies by Thomas Carothers.