Volume: 
25
Issue: 
4

From Politics to Protest

The protests that have been erupting around the world may signal the twilight of both the idea of revolution and the notion of political reformism.
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India’s Watershed Vote: Behind Modi’s Victory

India’s sixteenth general election ushered in a new era in the country’s politics, putting Narendra Modi and the BJP firmly in charge. What accounts for the sharp swing away from the long-dominant Congress party?

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India's Watershed Vote: Hindu Nationalism in Power?

Will India under the BJP see a period of renewed communal violence, or will Hindu-nationalist politicians be reined in by constitutional constraints and their desire to stay in power?

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India's Watershed Vote: What It Means for the Economy

Modi promised “good days” to aspiring young Indians, and they voted for him in droves. But he is off to a slow start in carrying out the economic
reforms necessary to ensure that better days lie ahead. 

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India’s Watershed Vote: The Risks Ahead

Will the Modi government focus on the economy, or will it seek to implement a transformational Hindu-nationalist agenda?

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Growth, Security, and Democracy in Africa

Democracy’s fortunes rose in Africa in the 1990s, but more recently have been in retreat. The forces of democratic resurgence remain in play, however, as a
look at the key case of Nigeria suggests.

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Euroskepticism Arrives: Marginal No More

The European Parliament elections of May 2014 were not an “earthquake,” but they did signal that Euroskeptic parties are drawing closer to the European political mainstream.

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Euroskepticism Arrives: The Missing Debate

Disagreements over how much power should reside in Brussels must be allowed to become a normal aspect of debates about European affairs.
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Indonesia’s 2014 Elections: Parliament and Patronage

Indonesia’s 2014 legislative elections went smoothly. Yet the “money politics” that featured so heavily in these contests suggests a grave need
to reform the country’s electoral system.
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Indonesia’s 2014 Elections: How Jokowi Won and Democracy Survived

Indonesians came close to electing as their new president a populist challenger promising to restore the country’s predemocratic order. Democracy prevailed in the end, but its continued vulnerability was exposed.
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External Influence and Democratization: Gatekeepers and Linkages

Levitsky and Way’s account of linkage and leverage leaves out the key role of “gatekeeper” elites.
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External Influence and Democratization: Structure vs. Choice

Linkage and leverage largely reflect long-term structural factors, and only in certain situations can they be affected by policy choices.
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Manipulating Term Limits in Latin America

More and more Latin American countries have sought to relax or even eliminate presidential term limits. What are the consequences for democracy?

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Flirting with Disaster

A review of The Confidence Trap: A History of Democracy in Crisis from World War I to the Present by David Runciman.
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Election Watch

Reports on elections in Afghanistan, Colombia, Indonesia, Libya, Mauritania, Slovenia, and Turkey. 

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Documents on Democracy

  • Excerpts from Estonian president Toomas Hendrik Ilves's September speech in Oslo, Norway.
  • Portions of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi's Independence Day speech to the nation.
  • Excerpts from Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán's shocking July speech in favor of an "illiberal state."
  • Portions of an open letter written by senior members of the Communist Party of Vietnam calling for an end to communism.
  • Excerpts from the August 7 inaugural address of newly reelected Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos.
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