NDI Champions “Democracy Game Changers” for S4D Year of Action

In the context of global challenges to democracy and the Summit for Democracy’s Year of Action, the National Democratic Institute (NDI) has identified five global Democracy Game Changers that highlight and mobilise collective action to address the most pressing problems. The five challenges that will be addressed in this upcoming series are: Ending Online Violence … Continued

Slovenian Elections: A Win for Democracy, a Loss for Populism in Europe

Emily Bloom writes in the International IDEA blog about the broader implications of Robert Golob’s 24 April electoral victory for democracy in Slovenia. The country recently experienced democratic backsliding under the leadership of outgoing Prime Minister Janez Janša, whereby fundamental rights and checks on democracy were weakened. The election was notable for a number of … Continued

Costa Rica’s New Populist President Could Be a Lesson in Democracy—or a Worrying Trend

With the win of Rodrigo Chaves in Costa Rica’s most recent presidential elections, the country is the latest democracy to elect a right-wing populist leader. Oliver Steunkel considers the conditions of toxic campaigning, low turnout, and public disillusionment with traditional parties surrounding the vote, as well as the structural challenges facing Costa Rica, and considers … Continued

The Dark Side of Democracy

Katherine Ellena and Erica Shein write about the importance of tackling the threat of dark money in politics, especially in terms of protecting our electoral integrity. Despite the broad international attention to countering corruption and kleptocracy, efforts have been fairly ineffective, with international frameworks failing to keep up and containing many holes to exploit. Four … Continued

Hungary’s Manipulated Election

Bálint Magyar and Bálint Madlovics in Project Syndicate illuminate the depth of Fidesz manipulation in Hungarian elections on 3 April. Fidesz manipulates elections by changing the rules of the game, with hundreds of amendments made over the past years to the election law. The party also wielded the power of state machinery, with cash payments … Continued

Six Takeaways From Fidesz And Orban’s Big Hungarian Election Win

Andy Heil defines six main takeaways from the 3 April Hungarian elections in Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Initial results indicate that ruling party Fidesz will control two-thirds of the seats in the next parliament, establishing a comfortable majority. This result went against expectations, as polls predicted a much closer race, with observers claiming that the … Continued

Support for democracy is waning across the Americas

Elizabeth J. Zechmeister and Noam Lupu consider the results of the most recent AmericasBarometer survey in The Conversation, which indicates that people are losing faith in democracy across the Western Hemisphere. Support for democracy has declined nearly 10 per cent since 2004, and a growing number of people view their elections and elected officials as … Continued

The democratic threat to democracy

Kemal Derviş in the Brookings Institution considers how autocrats may use democratic narratives regarding elections to justify their rule, while simultaneously delegitimising other democratic principles such as checks and balances and the separation of powers. There is a significant difference between non-democracies in which open, contestable elections do not exist, and those in which opposition … Continued

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