Activists who call for pluralism are regularly jailed and criticism of China’s authoritarian system silenced.
Hindutva is a political invention that has re-defined Hinduism for its political purpose, which is to declare India a Hindu rashtra.
Residents queued before dawn at polling stations in Monrovia, and formed queues as vendors sold them soft drinks and palm wine.
From Catalonia to Kurdistan, long simmering regions are clamouring for their own states. But what good is being a state anymore?
The very idea of collective self-government tempts us into thinking that citizens must be perpetually fixated on the task of ruling themselves.
The African Union needs to devise a standard set of requirements and attributes for electronic voting across the continent.
In Democracy in Iran: Why It Failed and How It Might Succeed, Misagh Parsa asks why some countries democratise themselves through reform, while others have to take the revolution route.
We’re not sure if the cure, the populist outsider, will work and make life better. but we are willing to experiment as the old certainties of representative politics wither.
Biologists have found that they sneeze to vote. But not all sneezes are the same.
Under the premiership of Narendra Modi, India’s culture of one-party dominance is violating both standard operating procedures and dharma to get the better of its political rivals.
Wong, 20, was jailed on Thursday for six months by Hong Kong’s second highest court for a separate incident during the protests.
Ambivalence among voters is reason to think about how democracy is working for us as a community. To keep democracy alive we need to be sceptical about the exercise of power and keep it in check.
Regardless of the Supreme Court’s final verdict, the false dichotomy between privacy and welfare must be expunged.
Foreign ministers of Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and Brazil urged Maduro to release prisoners and immediately start a political transition.
We must fight our scepticism and indifference because elections continue to be an extremely important component of the continent’s growing democracies.
An excerpt from Manjari Katju’s ‘Hinduising Democracy: The Vishva Hindu Parishad in Contemporary India’.
Dystopia is visible everywhere, from the heightened surveillance through CCTVs and Aadhaar, to the constructed fear of citizens seen as ‘foreign’ due to what they eat, watch and wear.
East Timor’s two biggest political parties – Fretilin and the National Congress for Timorese Reconstruction (CNRT) – have secured a combined 58% of votes in the country’s parliamentary election.
As India’s economy continues to grow without the adequate number of jobs in the formal sector, the state of exclusion that the vast majority of the country lives in is unlikely to ease.
Schulz also believes that in light of this, the European Union needs to make its response stronger through concrete policies.
Democracy is in a parlous state in many countries in southern Africa. Autocrats hold onto power, while electorates have little to choose from at the polls.
When it comes to elections there are at least two Africas: one that has not become much more democratic since the early 1990s and another in which elections have become entrenched and the quality of the process has improved.
There are groundswells of civic engagement in a handful of countries, but ensuring the survival of fundamental freedoms in these dangerous times will require a resistance that knows no borders.
Europeans want to upend politics as usual and the far right is still rising. If the Left doesn’t come up with an unusual politics of its own, it will be upended as well.
In countries where civic participation is restricted or closed, journalists, like activists, risk losing their jobs, their freedom and even their lives reporting on protests.
New research shows that these key conditions for a vibrant and open civil society are being violated to varying degrees in over 106 countries.
Defence policy in India should not be seen as the final ‘good’ that nobody can disagree with.
Research by an expert shows how international ideas, practices and language of conflict resolution are transformed when they meet African “realities and politics on the ground.”
Attempts to deepen democracy in Africa by limiting presidential terms to two have not entirely quashed a culture of entitlement to rule. Glimpses of it persist, much against citizens’ wishes.
For the government to truly fight black money and ensure complete transparency in political funding, the ambit of the Right to Information Act must be expanded to include political parties.
Voters Make “Strategic Choices” in Favour of Money and Muscle: Milan Vaishnav on Criminal-Politicians
Milan Vaishnav’s recently released ‘When Crime Pays – Money and Muscle in Indian Politics’ explores the co-existence of democracy and illegality, and why it is repeatedly blessed by voters.
India and the US, who prided themselves on the strong democratic values enshrined in their constitutions, appear to be facing a ‘crisis of governability’.
What makes a state ‘authoritarian’? How do we recognise one, and under what conditions does it prosper?
Gambia’s president of 22 years has been defeated in a shock election victory for opposition leader Adama Barrow.
Demonetisation has forced a cultural process of organised assembly into existence – outside banks, post offices and ATMs.
In recent months, the flimsy foundations of Hong Kong’s autonomy have been exposed by a series of dramas.
Of many ways to make fundamental decisions in a constitutional democracy, Colombia and Great Britain chose the riskiest of all options: the plebiscite.
Consider an alternative political system called epistocracy, which apportions political power according to knowledge or competence.
If women aren’t given their full rights, they’re less likely to believe in democratic institutions.
The book is a collection of essays on topics ranging from India’s relation with its neighbours, to issues of democracy and violence within the country.