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Democracy under Pressure – Authoritarianism to the Rescue?

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One of the consequences of the global financial crisis is that in some quarters democracy has been put on trial. But are the scattered calls for an authoritarian revival credible or not, especially in the European Union? Or is the rise in anti-democratic sentiment really an example of political systems such as China and Bahrain being able to offer viable alternatives to democracy? The jury may still be out on these questions and, indeed, on the actual health of democratic forms of representation throughout the world.


The Crisis of Democracy

02 Dec 2013 / Article

Democracy is in a profound state of crisis, writes Joshua Kurlantzick, and is in retreat in many parts of the world. Today, he outlines the security implications of this worrying trend, which could include the proliferation and return of authoritarian governments. More on «The Crisis of Democracy»


Why Democracy Is Still in Danger in Greece

03 Dec 2013 / Article

The rise of Golden Dawn has only complicated Greece’s efforts to pull itself back from a social and economic meltdown. Worse still, writes Vassilis Fouskas, Athens’ hardheaded response to the far right movement has resulted in the strengthening of the authoritarian arm of the Greek state. More on «Why Democracy Is Still in Danger in Greece »


Soaring Dragon, Stumbling Bear: China’s Rise in a Comparative Context

04 Dec 2013 / Article

As a form of government, is China’s authoritarian capitalism more stable and predictable than democracy? That’s a dubious question, say Mark Harrison and Debin Ma. Beijing’s current political system has thrived in exceptional circumstances and can’t be instantly duplicated elsewhere. More on «Soaring Dragon, Stumbling Bear: China’s Rise in a Comparative Context »


Bahrain’s Fractured Ruling Bargain: Political Mobilization, Regime Responses, and the New Sectarianism

05 Dec 2013 / Article

Bahrain’s violent repression of its people confirms that authoritarian regimes are more than capable of dealing with political unrest. But don’t be fooled, says Quinn Mecham. The Kingdom’s tenuous ‘ruling bargain’ has been rocked like never before. More on «Bahrain’s Fractured Ruling Bargain: Political Mobilization, Regime Responses, and the New Sectarianism »


The Third Wave: Inside the Numbers

06 Dec 2013 / Article

Is democracy losing ground to more authoritarian forms of government? Not according to Jørgen Møller and Svend-Erik Skaaning. Their empirical and statistical analysis suggests that democracy is stagnating rather than deteriorating. More on «The Third Wave: Inside the Numbers »


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