Tag: democracy

U.K. General Election 2017: Historic, But Historically Uncompetitive

“Not another one!” exclaimed Brenda from Bristol. Captured in a viral video, this reaction was in response to the snap election that Prime Minister Theresa May has recently called, just two years after the last general election in 2015. Given the aftermath of…

Understanding South Korea’s Presidential Elections

On May 9th, South Koreans elected Moon Jae-in, a liberal candidate, to succeed Park Geun-hye’s conservative government. This election was a significant turn away from what could have threatened South Korean democracy once again. For half a century now, South Koreans…

2017 French Presidential Election: De Gaulle Would Not Be Impressed

Since its beginnings, Charles de Gaulle’s Fifth Republic has seen an alternating succession of mainstream conservative and socialist coalitions. The last elections in 2012 were no exception, as incumbent president Nicolas Sarkozy, a conservative, lost to socialist candidate François Hollande.…

What Happened to Competition in Russia?

“Competitive authoritarian regimes [are] competitive, in that democratic institutions are not merely a façade: opposition parties use them to seriously contest for power; but they are authoritarian in that opposition forces are handicapped by a highly uneven – and sometimes…

The Prevalence of Narcopolitics in Honduras

Honduras is widely known as one of the most violent and dangerous countries in the world, due in large part to the widespread drug trade that has spread throughout the country. Much of the violence that the country sees on…

A Democratic Deficit: Hong Kong’s Resurfacing Umbrella Movement

Hong Kong’s highly anticipated election on March 26 arises from a prolonged, uneasy discourse on the legitimacy and controversy surrounding the “one country, two systems” structure. Granted back to China in 1997, Hong Kong is able to exercise a level of autonomy…

Somalia Elects “Cheese” to the Presidency

Somalia has been stuck in a consistent cycle of chaos and disorder for nearly three decades, but on Wednesday, February 8th, a glimmer of hope for a more stable and less bloody future emerged when small group of politicians elected…