Political Parties and Democracy

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Political parties are one of the core institutions of democracy. But in democracies around the world, there is growing evidence of low or declining public confidence in parties. But are they in decline, or are they simply changing their forms and functions?

The Rise of “Localism” in Hong Kong

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January 2017

The September 2016 Legislative Council election marked the rise of a new political force that emphasizes the specific interests and identity of Hong Kong. It has especially been championed by many of the young people who swelled 2014’s Umbrella Movement protests.

The Never-Boring Balkans: The Elections of 2016

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January 2017

Once Europe’s most painful “problem” area, the Balkans have managed to make strides toward stability, democracy, and integration into the West over the last fifteen or so years. But Moscow is becoming increasingly active in the region, and the durability of these gains should not be taken for granted.

Iraq’s Year of Rage

Article
October 2016
Iraqis of all ethnic and sectarian stripes are fed up with the ineptitude and corruption of their political leaders, parties, and government institutions.

The Specter Haunting Europe: The Lost Left

Article
October 2016

Post-1945 Western Europe benefited greatly from center-left parties offering real solutions to real problems. Where has that left gone?

The Specter Haunting Europe: Populism and Protest in Poland

Article
October 2016

Once the poster child for successful postcommunist transitions to democracy, Poland is now governed by populist nationalists. What happened?

The Specter Haunting Europe: “Heritage Populism” and France’s National Front

Article
October 2016

Once a protest party, the right-wing National Front has sought to recast itself for electoral success. How will Marine Le Pen fare in the 2017 presidential race?

Tunisia: Ennahda’s New Course

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October 2016

Tunisia is a small country, but its influential Islamist party has taken a big step by separating its political wing from its religious activities.

The Specter Haunting Europe: Surging Illiberalism in the East

Article
October 2016

The crisis of liberal democracy is Europe-wide, but it has assumed an especially intense form in Central and Eastern Europe.

The Specter Haunting Europe: Will the German Center Hold?

Article
September 2016

Europe’s democratic stability hinges on Germany, but a far-right challenger is on the rise. Can the country’s long-dominant centrist parties hold on?

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