Found 7 article(s) for author 'Democracy'

Why Competiition in the Politics Industry is Failing America

Why Competiition in the Politics Industry is Failing America. Michael Porter, September 2017, Book, “Many Americans are disgusted and concerned about the dysfunction and abysmal results from Washington, D.C., and so are we. However, this paper is not about adding to the depressing national dialog about politics, but about how to change the system by taking action that will work.Link

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A Conversation With Robert D. Putnam

A Conversation With Robert D. Putnam. Robert Putnam, March 16, 2016, Video. “A best-selling author and professor at the Harvard Kennedy School, Robert Putnam is one of America’s leading political scientists. In recent years, he has written widely on the decline in America’s civic life, and, with it, our capacity for self-government. In this conversation, Putnam discusses his research on declining levels of civic participation in America and presents his interpretation of the reasons for it. Putnam also recalls how actual political developments awakened his interest in political science, and explains how social science might help us address public policy problems,” writes the Foundation for Constitutional Government, the sponsor of the series.Link

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Is Liberal Democracy Feasible in Developing Countries?

Is Liberal Democracy Feasible in Developing Countries? Dani Rodrik, March 9, 2016, Paper. “Liberal democracy has been difficult to institute and sustain in developing countries. This has to do both with ideational factors—the absence of a liberal tradition prior to electoral mobilization—and structural conditions—the prevalence of mass mobilization along identity rather than class cleavages. This paper considers the conditions under which liberal democracy emerges and speculates about its future in developing countries.Link

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How Did Britain Democratize? Views from the Sovereign Bond Market

How Did Britain Democratize? Views from the Sovereign Bond Market, Daniel Ziblatt, March 2015, Paper, To assess competing theories of democratization, we analyze British sovereign bond market responses to the 1832, 1867, and 1884 Reform Acts, and to two failed Chartist agitations for reform. Analyses of high-frequency 3% consol yield data and historical financial press suggest three conclusions. First, democratic reform episodes were preceded by increases in perceived political risk, comparable to democratizing episodes in other countries. Second, both democratic reform and repression were followed by yield declines. Third, the source of political risk in Britain was both social unrest and political deadlock. Together, the findings challenge the “Whig” characterization of British democratization as exceptionally risk-free. Link

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Structure vs. Choice

Structure vs. Choice. Steven Levitsky, October 2014, Opinion. “The essays by Ghia Nodia and Jakob Tolstrup suggest that our focus on the structural character of linkage and leverage needs to be tempered by greater attention to the role of leadership and contingency in the success of democracy in the former Soviet Union. While we agree that policy choice can sometimes affect democratization and the strength of ties to the West, it generally does so only within certain structural parameters. Leadership matters much less at the extremes of high and low linkage…” Link Verified October 29, 2014

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‘Potemkin money’ is wrong way to help Ukraine

‘Potemkin money’ is wrong way to help Ukraine. Lawrence H. Summers, March 9, 2014, Opinion. “The west should make modest promises and then strive to deliver more than the country expects. Events in Ukraine have underscored the importance of effective external support for successful economic and political reform. The international community is finally responding with concrete indications of support. At one level the situation in Ukraine is unique – a product of the country’s sensitive location between Russia and Europe. At another, however, it is merely the latest example of a phenomenon that recurs all too often…” Link

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The Globalization Paradox – Democracy and the Future of the World Economy

The Globalization Paradox – Democracy and the Future of the World Economy. Dani Rodrik, February 2011, Book. “Surveying three centuries of economic history, a Harvard professor argues for a leaner global system that puts national democracies front and center. From the mercantile monopolies of seventeenth-century empires to the modern-day authority of the WTO, IMF, and World Bank, the nations of the world have struggled to effectively harness globalization’s promise. The economic narratives that underpinned these eras—the gold standard, the Bretton Woods regime, the “Washington Consensus”—brought great success and great failure…” May require purchase or user account. Link

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