The legitimacy and appeal of democracy in East Asia will depend on how democratic countries in the region stack up against China.
Is “authoritarian resilience” in China a passing phenomenon, or is it something more durable?
The AKP’s 2011 election victory confirmed its status as the dominant force in Turkish politics, but also sparked fears that its unchecked power might threaten civil liberties. Now it must face the challenges of adopting a new constitution and dealing with the Kurdish question.
India’s Right to Information Act discourages corruption by giving every citizen the right to access information from any public authority.
Contrary to popular wisdom, emerging democracies might be better off with a majoritarian electoral system rather than one based on proportional representation.
Evidence from waves of democratization shows proportional election systems, however imperfect, to be the better option in most contexts.
A review of Competitive Authoritarianism: Hybrid Regimes After the Cold War by Steven Levitsky and Lucan A. Way.
- Excerpts from the concession speech of Zambia's former president Rupiah Banda after losing the September 20 presidential election to opposition leader Michael Sata.
- Excerpts from the inaugural address of Zambia's newly elected president, Michael Sata.
- Excerpts from the report "Russia Development Index 2010– 2011, published in November 2011 by Russia's Valdai Discussion Club, a group of domestic and international experts.