Democracy

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If At First You Don't Succeed: The Puzzle of South Korea's Democratic Transition

July 2008

In October 1979, the conditions were ripe for a transition to democracy in South Korea, also known as the Republic of Korea (ROK).

Political Change in China: Comparisons with Taiwan

June 2008

How might China become a democracy? And what lessons, if any, might Taiwan's experience of democratization hold for China's future?

"The World Bank Made Me Do It?" International Factors and Ghana's Transition to Democracy

May 2008

Ghana is widely regarded as a signal success story in the African “wave” of democratizations of the 1990s.

The Spirit of Democracy: The Struggle to Build Free Societies Throughout the World

January 2008

In his new book, The Spirit of Democracy: The Struggle to Build Free Societies Throughout the World (Times Books 2008), Larry Diamond intensely scrutinizes the global effort on democracy promotion....

Morocco's Elections: The Limits of Limited Reforms

January 2008

Morocco's experience suggests that expanded political liberty, especially freedom of association, can facilitate the emergence of multiple versions of political Islam, reducing the salience of a...

Myth of the Authoritarian Model, The

January 2008

A growing conventional wisdom holds that Vladimir Putin's attack on democracy has brought Russia stability and prosperity -- providing a new model of successful market authoritarianism.

Ukraine Imports Democracy

October 2007

The United States and the European Union spend roughly $1.5 billion per year on democracy promotion, but how effective are such external efforts?

Third Way, A: normalizing relations will help both sides

May 2007

Recent developments in Iran have convinced advocates of both softer arms-control approaches and more hard-line regime-change strategies that their analyses are correct and their policy...

Revolution in Orange: The Origins of Ukraine's Democratic Breakthrough

December 2006

The dramatic series of protests and political events that unfolded in Ukraine in the fall of 2004--the "Orange Revolution"--were seminal both for Ukrainian history and the history of...

A Win-Win U.S. Strategy for Dealing with Iran

December 2006

In an article written for the current issue of the Washington Quarterly by Larry Diamond, Michael McFaull and Abbas Milani, suggests that the U.S.

Russia's No Democracy? So What?

December 2006

Vladimir Putin's autocratic regime is bad news...for Russia and the United States.

Democratization in Postcommunist Europe: Illiberal Regimes and the Leverage of International Actors

September 2006

The European Union (EU) may be presiding over the most successful democracy promotion program ever implemented by an international actor.

Electoral Systems and Democracy

July 2006

The newest volume in the acclaimed Journal of Democracy series addresses electoral systems and democracy.

Is there a Human Right to Democracy?

June 2006

Is there a human right to democracy? My answer, in brief, is ‘no’. Five interconnected claims will play a role in my argument for this conclusion: Justice requires democracy.

Contagion Deterred: Preemptive Authoritarianism in the Former Soviet Union (the Case of Belarus)

June 2006

The wave of democratic electoral revolutions in the Eastern Europe and post-Communist Eurasia revived one of the most appealing and at the same time disputable arguments in the theory of...

Differential Impact of EU Enlargement on First and Second Wave Applicants: Europeanizing Political Parties in Poland and Bulgaria

June 2006

In addition to domestic political and economic restructuring, most of the former state-socialist countries opted to establish political and economic relations with "the West" as a step to make the...

Europeanization without Decommunization: A Case of Elite Conversion

June 2006

After its spectacular 1989 'televised Revolution,' Romania has spent most of its political transition struggling with its own past.

Pigs, Wolves and the Evolution of Post-Soviet Competitive Authoritarianism, 1992-2005

June 2006

This paper explores the sources of both autocratic breakdown and democratization in the context of the six post-Soviet countries that emerged as competitive authoritarian between 1990 and 1995:...

With All Our Might: A Progressive Strategy for Defeating Jihadism and Defending Liberty

May 2006

This book outlines a new strategy that applies the organizing principles of progressive internationalism--national strength, free enterprise, liberal democracy, U.S.

Defining and Domesticating the Electoral Model: A Comparison of Slovakia and Serbia

May 2006

The transitions to democracy in the postcommunist region over the past decade and one-half share a common dynamic, featuring the interaction between two sets of factors.

When the Wave Hits a Shoal: The Internal and External Dimensions of Russia's Turn Away from Democracy

May 2006

When Vladimir Putin was elected President of Russia in March 2000, the country bequeathed to him by his predecessor, Boris Yeltsin, was an unconsolidated, often disorderly and raucous electoral...

Importing Revolution: Internal and External Factors in Ukraine's 2004 Democratic Breakthrough

May 2006

What role did external actors and the United States in particular, play in fostering the factors that led to the Orange Revolution?

The Missing Variable: The "International System" as the Link between Third and Fourth Wave Models of Democratization

May 2006

The "first" transitions from communist rule in Europe and Eurasia at the end of the 1980s and the beginning of the 1990s did not resemble many of the transitions from authoritarian rule in the...

2006 Mexican Elections: A Challenge for Democracy

May 2006

This coming July, Mexicans will not only have the chance to democratically elect a president, but more importantly, they will have the opportunity to endorse democracy.