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Slogans and soundbites are a key feature of Ghanaian political campaigns. Wikimedia Commons

The role played by soundbites in Ghana’s elections

Considering the competitive nature of party politics in Ghana, campaign strategies that evoke emotion and prepare voters remain one of the priorities of political parties.
Two autocrats: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, left, and Hungarian leader Viktor Orban, right, in Budapest, Hungary, Nov. 7, 2019. AP/Presidential Press Service

So you want to be an autocrat? Here’s the 10-point checklist

Today’s autocrats rarely use brute force to wrest control. A human rights and international law scholar details the modern authoritarian's latest methods to grab and hold power.
Distribution of public goods like solar panels can be influenced by political elements. Wikimedia Commons

How Ghanaian civil servants sought to resist political pressure

Contrary to stereotypes of nepotism and corruption, African governments such as Ghana's work hard to respond to need over politics. They can mostly resist politics, but not entirely.
Lebanese protesters formed a 105-mile human chain connecting geographically and religiously diverse cities across the country, Oct. 27. 2019. AP Photo/Bilal Hussein

Lebanon uprising unites people across faiths, defying deep sectarian divides

Lebanon's 1989 peace deal ended a civil war by sharing political power between religious factions. That created a society profoundly divided by religion – something today's protesters hope to change.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy listens during a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in New York on September 25. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Trump has upended the long history of US investment in Ukraine’s democracy

Multiple American presidents have viewed US support of Ukraine's security and democracy as critical to the national interest. President Trump's dealings with Ukraine are a major divergence.
Is the voting booth a stumbling block? AP Photo/John Minchillo

Voting could be the problem with democracy

Randomly selecting citizens to take turns governing offers the promise of reinvigorating struggling democracies, making them more responsive to citizen needs and preferences.
Thousands of students staged protests across the country against proposed changes to the criminal code and a new law that weakened the country’s anti-corruption commission. EPA/Dedi Sinuhaji

A requiem for Reformasi as Joko Widodo unravels Indonesia’s democratic legacy

Indonesia passes a regressive anti-democratic law – with more to come – just as BJ Habibie dies, the president who championed the dramatic reform process that transformed Indonesia after 1998.
Unsurprisingly, Australian politicians are happier than their constituents with the way our democracy works. Shutterstock

Revealed: how Australian politicians would bridge the trust divide

New research shows parliamentarians believe the key to improving trust between them and their constituents is in improving links to the community and better educating the public about our democracy.
Kurdish fighters in Syria say the U.S. is abandoning its allies and potentially empowering the Islamic State by withdrawing from northeastern Syria and allowing a Turkish assault, Oct. 7, 2019. AP Photo

Turkish attack on Syria endangers a remarkable democratic experiment by the Kurds

Since defending northern Syria from the Islamic State, Kurdish people have established an egalitarian society where women are equal, democracy is direct and religious freedom is guaranteed.

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