Two Traditions of Liberalism

Article
January 2017

A review of The Anglo-American Tradition of Liberty: A View from Europe by João Carlos Espada.

The Assault on Postcommunist Courts

Article
July 2016

A number of countries in East-Central Europe are facing a grave crisis of constitutional democracy. As their governments seek to undermine the institutional limits on their power, constitutional courts have become a central target.

Latin America's New Turbulence: Crisis and Integrity in Brazil

Article
April 2016

Public anger at revelations of widespread corruption, along with the rising cost of coalition politics, has brought Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff to the brink of impeachment. Yet the crisis has also revealed the strength of the country’s law-enforcement and judicial institutions.

The Quest for Good Governance: Georgia’s Break with the Past

Article
January 2016

Much can be done to uproot graft when a major event such as the Rose Revolution sweeps in a determined new team on a wave of massive public support.

The Quest for Good Governance: Learning from Virtuous Circles

Article
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?

A New Militarism in Latin America

Article
October 2015

Latin American countries are burdened with domestic security problems and institutional weaknesses that have led to a rising political role for the military forces. Are there serious dangers in this “turn toward the barracks”?

Comment on Møller: The Importance of Equality

Article
June 2015

It is fine to acknowledge the importance of law-based rule to the eventual rise of modern democracy, but we must not overlook the even greater contribution of the idea of equality.

The Medieval Roots of Democracy

Article
June 2015

Europe in the Middle Ages was hardly democratic, but it did have law-based institutions that could and did stay the hands of kings, laying a crucial basis for future state-building and democracy-building alike.

Why Is Democracy Performing So Poorly?

Article
January 2015

The failure to establish modern, well-governed states has been the Achilles heel of recent democratic transitions, as democratization without state modernization can actually lower the quality of governance.

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