June 21, 2014

Is Every Society Ready for Democracy?

Doug Saunders, Globe and Mail

The Associated Press


Should we stop telling people to fight for democracy?

A few years ago that question would have seemed absurd: The sweep of free elections across Eastern Europe, Africa and Latin America had improved living standards for hundreds of millions, reversed decades of autocratic rot and reduced conflicts and violence. As a thing to campaign for and support with dollars and words, democracy was the safest of bets: Once won, it seemed to open doors.

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June 12, 2014
Rethinking Democracy
Dani Rodrik, Project Syndicate
By many measures, the world has never been more democratic. Virtually every government at least pays lip service to democracy and human rights. Though elections may not be free and fair, massive electoral manipulation is rare and... more ››
June 12, 2014
Is France a Real Democracy?
Simon Baptist, BBC Magazine
Is France a democracy? Most people would assume there is a straightforward answer - "Yes". After all, France has free and fair elections. However, there is more to a truly democratic society than elections alone, writes Simon... more ››
June 11, 2014
Democracy-Promotion Industry Is Adrift
John Allen Gay, Nat'l Interest
Authoritarianism has been making gains around the world—gains that have often followed apparent democratic openings. The Thai government was just deposed. Egypt’s revolution has come full circle, with another military... more ››
June 8, 2014
At the 'End of History' Still Stands Democracy
Francis Fukuyama, WSJ
So has my end-of-history hypothesis been proven wrong, or if not wrong, in need of serious revision? I believe that the underlying idea remains essentially correct, but I also now understand many things about the nature of... more ››