Democracy

‘All Countries Have a Stake’: Dr. Kennette Benedict Talks Nuclear Security and Global Responsibility

People and nations worldwide cannot be assured of their safety as long as nuclear warheads remain ready for launch. How...

Partisan Judicial Elections Can Lead to Lower-Quality Judges

When political affiliation is shown on ballots, candidates’ quality has a lower impact on voters' decisions than when it is not; otherwise, voters are more influenced by candidates’ quality and suitability for the job.

Rivalry among Criminal Organizations Is One of the Most Serious Threats to Free Press in Mexico

A study notes that the presence of profitable criminal organizations does not necessarily lead to higher levels of violence towards journalists, but rivalry among competing organizations does.

A Tale of Two Turnout Functions: Effects of Development on Voter Turnout across Countries

New research finds evidence that development, compulsory voting laws, and decisiveness of elections have distinct effects in developed and developing countries.

The Institutional Design of Sustainable Democracy

A durable democracy, which would sustain a functioning market economy, requires institutional restrictions on the ability of democratically elected officials to set policies.

Creating Self-Enforcing Democracy: Fraud, Protest, and the Role of International Observers

The presence of international elections observers may discourage both election fraud and “sore loser” protests.

Bridging Policy, Bridging Regions: America’s involvement in promoting democracy in the Middle East

Former Congressman Vin Weber discusses how policy practitioners link domestic debates with external issues.

Regulating Investments in Brazil: Too Much of a Good Thing?

A Brazilian banking executive talks the business environment and overregulation in this up-and-coming nation.

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