For nearly a decade, pundits and academics have sounded the alarm that fraudulently elected or unelected rulers such as Russia’s Vladimir Putin, China’s Xi Jinping and Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez have masterminded a downturn in democratic governance around the globe. Recent articles and books have painted a more nuanced picture, showing that the most shocking claims of “authoritarianism promotion” are not exactly true.
In a new article, I examine trends in democratic breakdown during the post-Cold War period and the 2000s. After combing the data, I found that authoritarianism is not, in fact, on the march. Leaders of nondemocratic states have actively promoted their interests abroad but have not subverted young republics or wrecked vibrant democracies.… Seguir leyendo »