How to Stop a Democratic Free Fall When Populists Are in Power

Indigenous people shout slogans during a rally at the Philippine Senate to mark Human Rights Day, Pasay, Philippines, Dec. 10, 2018 (AP photo by Bullit Marquez).
Indigenous people shout slogans during a rally at the Philippine Senate to mark Human Rights Day, Pasay, Philippines, Dec. 10, 2018 (AP photo by Bullit Marquez).
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Since the mid-2000s, democracy has regressed in nearly every part of the world. The global monitoring organization Freedom House has recorded declines in global freedom for 12 years in a row. In Thailand, Bangladesh and Turkey, democracies have all but collapsed. Countries where democracy seemed to be making gains in the early 2010s, like Myanmar and Cambodia, have slid backwards, with Cambodia reverting to one-party rule. Some states where democracy was believed to be well-rooted, such as Poland and the Philippines, have regressed under populists with authoritarian tendencies. Their democracies have not fully collapsed but are in grave danger, as […]

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