Democracy’s "Near Misses"

Article
October 2018

What factors help a democracy to survive a crisis? A study of cases in which democracy suffered a steep decline, yet ultimately recovered and endured, offers new insights. In moments of crisis, unelected and nonmajoritarian actors can play a pivotal role.

Review Essay: Why Tunisia?

Article
October 2018

A review of Tunisia: An Arab Anomaly by Safwan M. Masri.

Liberal Democracy’s Crisis of Confidence

Article
October 2018

Public-opinion data from Pew Research Center show that global support for representative democracy is widespread, but often thin. Amid rising economic anxiety, cultural unease, and political frustration, citizens are increasingly open to alternative systems of government.

Timor-Leste Votes: Parties and Patronage

Article
January 2018

In July 2017, Timor-Leste held its third parliamentary elections since independence. The party-centered campaign featured both enduring legacies of the revolutionary struggle and a distinct form of political patronage.

The Rise of Kleptocracy: Power and Plunder in Putin’s Russia

Article
January 2018

Russia’s ruling elite have used corruption not only to line their own pockets, but also as a tool of domestic political control and global power projection. 

Southeast Asia: Voting Against Disorder

Article
April 2017

Rodrigo Duterte’s rise to the presidency of the Philippines reflects a broader trend in Southeast Asia of voters favoring politicians who elevate order above law. What does the history of “voting against disorder” in Indonesia and Thailand imply for the future of democracy in the Philippines?

The Rise of “Localism” in Hong Kong

Article
January 2017

The September 2016 Legislative Council election marked the rise of a new political force that emphasizes the specific interests and identity of Hong Kong. It has especially been championed by many of the young people who swelled 2014’s Umbrella Movement protests.

Tunisia’s Islamists and the “Turkish Model”

Article
January 2017

Ennahda has long felt an especially strong kinship with Turkey’s AKP, which has seen as representing a combination of piety, prosperity, and democratic credibility. How might their relationship be affected by the AKP's more recent authoritarian turn?

Violence Against Women in Politics

Article
January 2017

The use of force and intimidation against women trying to take part in politics is a growing problem in many places. Such violence assumes a number of different forms, but all aim to keep women as women out of public life.

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