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Each time, the handlers were eventually devoured. Little surprise French democracy folded so quickly in She argues that was different, though, on two counts.
This was particularly true of Germany. Starting afresh in the rubble of World War II, the fledgling democracies were also free of the jackboots that filled the centrist void during the interwar years. They could start again with a clean slate. Those were extinguished by the Allied victory. The second new factor was the presence of the United States. In , Harry S. In an act of great farsightedness, the United States insisted that Europeans decide among themselves how to spend the billions it had made available in Marshall Plan aid. In so doing, America incentivized habits of cooperation that would lead to the formation of the European community.
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When a party lost power, it left office safe in the knowledge that it could return again under the same rules. Politics transformed from its interwar battles between an enfeebled center and its extra-parliamentary challengers to a stable game of musical chairs. The new post-war culture of liberal democracy was bolstered by the swelling size of the middle classes.
Finally, it seemed, with the end of the Cold War, the force of liberal democracy could no longer be denied. We had reached the end of history.
Yet here we are. It has been roughly half a millennium since Europe emerged from the Middle Ages and began its restless journey into the modern age. In most of Europe, liberal democracy has existed for less than a fifth of that time. In some parts of the continent, notably in eastern and central Europe, liberal democracy was established only in when the Iron Curtain was lifted.
Many of those countries were under Hapsburg, Nazi, and then Soviet rule far longer than the non-European world had been colonized.
But the most troubling symptoms of decay are to be found in the oldest democracies of all—Britain and the United States. It is no coincidence that these are the two that have shown the sharpest rise in inequality among Western democracies. A PDF version of our allegations can be downloaded here. As attacks on free speech continue in the country, new data release will help journalists expose corruption and abuse.
One scholar ringing the loudest alarm bell—or perhaps death knell—is David Runciman. He is a professor of politics at Cambridge University and the author of “How Democracy Ends”. The Economist: Some argue that liberals only worry that democracy is in crisis when people start voting. The Life and Death of Democracy is a book by John Keane. It was published by Simon & Schuster. Keane claims his book is the first attempt to write a full.
These tycoons include: Senator Mong Reththy , who Global Witness has linked to a massive illegal logging racket and a sand dredging scandal worth millions of dollars. Senator Ly Yong Phat , whose sugar company operations led to some of the most violent land grabbing Cambodia has seen this century, with thousands of people thrown off their land. Sugar is just one industry in his huge business portfolio, which spans casinos, the media, infrastructure and more. His company was even granted exclusive rights to buy illegal timber that was seized by the authorities, to sell on at a profit. Residents who took a stand have been beaten, arrested and jailed by the authorities.