Category Archives: democratic reform overseas

what does it mean to say democracy is in retreat?

Facebook18 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 18According to Freedom House, “Democracy faced its most serious crisis in decades in 2017 as its basic tenets—including guarantees of free and fair elections, the rights of minorities, freedom of the press, and the rule of law—came … Continue reading

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watching democratic cultures decline

Facebook9 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 9Yesterday, I offered some evidence that broad public deliberation declines when authoritarianism rises. I used data Varieties of Democracy, which asks 2,800 experts questions about specific countries in specific years. For this purpose, I’ll define “authoritarianism” as … Continue reading

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authoritarianism and deliberative democracy

Facebook29 Twitter2 Google+0Total: 31The Varieties of Democracy project asks 2,800 experts many questions about specific countries in specific years. One question is “When important policy changes are being considered, how wide and how independent are public deliberations?” The scale ranges … Continue reading

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republican values in Uganda

Facebook14 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 14Twice in 2017 (for family reasons), we visited Uganda with stops in Dubai. I posted a longer reflection on the two societies last February and would stand by those observations after a second visit. Having just returned, … Continue reading

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people trust authoritarian governments most

Facebook30 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 30(Philadelphia) This Edelman international poll shows that trust in government is low in most countries and declining almost everywhere. But five important countries stand out as exceptions. People trust the world’s largest single-party state, an absolute monarchy, … Continue reading

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the public supports women’s rights in US foreign policy

Facebook8 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 8We released a new survey today that finds strong support for gender equity as a foreign policy goal. For instance, 85% rated the rights of women and girls as a very high priority. 74% agreed that the … Continue reading

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working on civic education in Ukraine

Facebook2 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 2 (Kyiv, Ukraine) I am here for just a few days, working with Ukrainian civic educators and my American colleagues at Street Law, Inc. I’ve served on Street Law’s board for more than a decade, but this … Continue reading

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“Leadership is Female, Is African, Is Muslim Women”

Facebook40 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 40Tisch College is thrilled to host a special event on Wednesday, October 25, entitled “Leadership is Female, Is African, Is Muslim Women” in honor of Saïda Oumulkhairy Niasse, the inaugural recipient of Tisch College’s Global Humanitarian Citizen … Continue reading

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religion and politics in the US versus many other countries

Facebook6 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 6Here is a thesis that experts can evaluate better than I: The issue of religion in politics is fundamentally different in the US from many other countries. In the US, it is mainly about majority opinions versus … Continue reading

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a civic studies perspective on European citizenship

Facebook8 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 8In “A Civic Studies perspective on European citizens: in search for potential in the conflict surrounding TTIP” (European Politics and Society, Aug 2017, pp. 1-27), Nora Schröder provides a learned and insightful overview of Civic Studies–consistent with the … Continue reading

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