Democracy Publications

316. Where Have All the Illiberal Democracies Gone? Privatization as a Catalyst to Regime Change in Postcommunist Europe

Jul 07, 2011
May 2005 - Scholars of postcommunist change are beginning to take analytical note of a recent wave of regime liberalizations. What do we make of it? As scholars, we have misdiagnosed the trend. While we have rightly focused on the collapse of moderately authoritarian regimes in the face of mass resistance movements, we must begin to do more comparative analysis that includes illiberal countries that have become more authoritarian during the same period. Behind the headlines about liberal oppositions facing down corrupt, illiberal incumbents, the analytically salient pattern might be the instability of illiberal democracies and their movement in either a more democratic or authoritarian direction. more

42. Civil Society Endangered: The Perils of Post- Communism

Jul 07, 2011
In June 1994, five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall symbolically ended the Communist hold on Eastern Europe, only a quarter of the eligible voters turned out for the local elections in Poland. Elections in Hungary and the Czech Republic and referenda in Lithuania have been plagued by similarly low turnouts. Even in countries where voter turnout was high in the first post-Communist elections, the number of people who say they intend to cast ballots in upcoming elections has dropped, an indication of declining turnout. This paper examines civil society, the participatory culture, and public legitimation in the region, as well as democratization policies. more

Finding Dollars, Sense, and Legitimacy in Burma

Jul 07, 2011
All eyes were upon Burma's first election in 20 years. Did this election bear any significance to the country's political future? In an Asia Program publication, eight Burma experts weighed in, offering insights on the recent state of Burma's economy and politics. Edited by Susan L. Levenstein. more

Statement by H.E. Salva Kiir, First Vice President of Sudan

Jul 07, 2011
On November 4th, 2005, H.E. Salva Kiir, First Vice President of Sudan, President of Southern Sudan and Commander-in-Chief of the SPLM, delivered a wide-ranging presentation, and released the attached statement. A video and summary of the event can be found here. more

It Always Rains in the Same Place First: Geographic Favoritism in Rural Burundi

Jul 07, 2011
-Field report based on the Wilson Center's Community-Based Leadership Program in Burundi more

Beyond Free and Fair: Monitoring Elections and Building Democracy

Jul 07, 2011
Beyond Free and Fair Elections: Monitoring Elections and Building Democracy draws on worldwide experience since the mid-1980s to evaluate international election monitoring and domestic monitoring, and their contributions to democracy promotion and democratic change. In this book, Eric Bjornlund provides an overview of what election monitoring is, where it comes from, and how it is currently conducted, and he educes general lessons for democracy promotion. Björnlund reports on actual practice, including case studies of particular election monitoring efforts and the author's own experience in the field, and on a few previous efforts to synthesize guidelines and lessons learned.More about this title can be found on the Wilson Center Press website. more

Resolving the Three-Headed War from Hell: Seizing an Opportunity for Peace in Southern Sudan, Northern Uganda and Darfur

Jul 07, 2011
In the third of the Africa Program Occasional Paper Series, noted Africa expert John Prendergast analyzes the interrelated crises plaguing Sudan and Uganda, and assesses what would be necessary to bring peace to the troubled region. more

A New Dawn for Kenya: A Report on the Kenyan Referendum

Jul 07, 2011
Muthee is a trained Social Scientist with eight years experience in research, policy analysis, project planning and management amounting from various assignments in different work areas. Her key areas of interest are: poverty, health, governance, organisational management, human rights and gender. more

Conflict and Cooperation: Making the Case for Environmental Pathways to Peacebuilding in the Great Lakes Region

Jul 07, 2011
Policy paper on ways in which natural resource cooperation can lead to peace in Central Africa more

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The Future of Higher Education

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Jeff Abernathy and Richard Morrill discuss how colleges and universities are dealing with rapidly rising costs and how the United States can still compete for students in a globalized environment.