Cambodia’s Transition to Hegemonic Authoritarianism

Article
January 2019

A crackdown on the opposition, followed by sham parliamentary elections in July 2018, has deepened and extended the decades-long personalist dictatorship of Hun Sen.

Documents on Democracy, April 2012

Article
April 2012
  • Excerpts from Yemeni journalist and human-rights activist Tawakkol Karman's acceptance speech for the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize.
  • Excerpts from a statement issued by the Democratic Republic of Congo’s National Conference of Bishops on the DRC's disputed 2011 presidential election.
  • Excerpts from the concluding statement of the February 22 extraordinary meeting of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group regarding the resignation of Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed in the wake of violent protests and defections by the army and police.

Southeast Asia: Minding the Gap Between Democracy and Governance

Article
April 2012

Do democracy and good governance necessarily go hand-in-hand? In most Southeast Asian countries, a gap exists between the two. How should we understand good governance in an authoritarian context? And what does poor governance mean for the legitimacy of democracy?

Southeast Asia: Elites vs. Reform in Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam

Article
April 2012

Vietnam and its smaller neighbors Laos and Cambodia remain bastions of illiberalism and one-party rule despite rapid economic growth and falling poverty. What will it take to reform their elitist political cultures and curtail the use of public office for private ends?

Debating Electoral Systems: Getting Majoritarianism Right

Article
January 2012

Contrary to popular wisdom, emerging democracies might be better off with a majoritarian electoral system rather than one based on proportional representation.

Election Watch

Article
October 2008

Reports on recent elections in Angola, Cambodia, Grenada, Hong Kong, Macedonia, Mongolia, and Zimbabwe.

Cambodia: Getting Away with Authoritarianism?

Article
October 2005

While Cambodia is often thought of as a “transitional” democracy and as a case where UN intervention succeeded, the truth is quite different.