The Undemocratic Dilemma

Article
April 2018

The ability of liberal democracies around the world to translate popular views into public policy has been declining. Yet there is no easy way to overcome this trend without weakening the capacity of governments to solve some of the most pressing challenges of the coming decades.

The Rise of Kleptocracy: A Challenge for Democracy

Article
January 2018

As explained in the essays that follow, kleptocracy has become a potent threat to the integrity of democracy around the globe.

The Rise of Kleptocracy: Laundering Cash, Whitewashing Reputations

Article
January 2018

To safeguard their ill-gotten gains, kleptocrats rely on a web of transnational relationships and the complicity of Western fixers.

The Rise of Kleptocracy: Does China Fit the Model?

Article
January 2018

China has seen a staggering number of official corruption cases in recent years. But does it merit the label of kleptocracy? 

The Rise of Kleptocracy: Malaysia’s Missing Billions

Article
January 2018

One of the world’s worst public-corruption scandals shows how a lax international financial system enables massive graft in developing countries.

The Rise of Kleptocracy: Autocrats versus Activists in Africa

Article
January 2018

Central African autocrats are using their stolen money to outmaneuver their opponents and deflect international criticism.

The Rise of Kleptocracy: The Dark Side of Globalization

Article
January 2018

The grand corruption enabled by the rise of offshore finance has come to follow a recurring pattern: steal, obscure, and spend.

Ghana: The Ebbing Power of Incumbency

Article
April 2017

Despite pre-election fears, the victory of the opposition NPP over the ruling NDC in Ghana’s December 2016 elections became the prologue to a peaceful transfer of power. This outcome suggests that the advantage of incumbency in African elections may be on the wane.

The Modernization Trap

Article
April 2017

Populist nationalism is emerging as the main competitor to liberal democracy. But despite its current resurgence, in the long run, like other illiberal paths to modernity, it is likely to prove a dead end.

Particularism’s Empire

Article
October 2016

A review of The Quest for Good Governance: How Societies Develop Control of Corruption by Alina Mungiu-Pippidi.

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