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?

The Evolution of Political Order

Article
October 2015

A review of The Origins of Political Order: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy by Francis Fukuyama.

The Splintering of Postcommunist Europe

Article
January 2015

Institutional choices matter in the postcommunist world, but geopolitical and civilizational boundaries still set the horizons of political possibility.

The Legacies of 1989: The Transformative Power of Europe Revisited

Article
January 2014

Improving governance in the EU’s new member states remains a huge challenge for the European project. Why has the EU succeeded in promoting democracy among its postcommunist members but failed in promoting good governance?

Controlling Corruption Through Collective Action

Article
January 2013

Political competition by itself does not curb corruption. Societies must also have a combination of values, social capital, civil society, and civic culture in order to impose effective normative constraints on corruption.

Twenty Years of Postcommunism: The Other Transition

Article
January 2010

Seven leading experts on Central Europe and the former Soviet Union examine the progress of democratization in the postcommunist world since the fall of the Berlin Wall, and point to the challenges that lie ahead.

Moldova's "Twitter Revolution"

Article
July 2009

In April 2008, disputed election results in the tiny state of Moldova sparked violent protests and a harsh response from state authorities.

Is East-Central Europe Backsliding? EU Accession Is No "End of History"

Article
October 2007

The countries of Central and Eastern Europe successfully transitioned to democracy. Do their ongoing political problems exist today because of or in spite of the European Union?

Books in Review: Assisting Political Parties

Article
April 2007

A review of Confronting the Weakest Link: Aiding Political Parties in New Democracies by Thomas Carothers.

Corruption: Diagnosis and Treatment

Article
July 2006

Successfully fighting corruption in developing and postcommunist countries requires far more than instituting best practices from advanced democracies. Corruption first must be properly diagnosed; in some cases it can be effectively treated only by attacking the distribution of power itself.

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