In Search of Democratic Revival
Published: Fall 2021 | By: Jeremy Kinsman and Kurt Bassuener | Volume 69, No. 25
The widely-acknowledged global democracy recession is drawing from depletion of faith, reinforced by populist illiberal authoritarians, that it is democracy that best delivers security, fairness, and dignity for its citizens. But inclusive democracy development takes time, patience, belief, and hard work. Its building blocks are bottom-up, lodged in civil society, where participants experience agency and the essential facility of compromise. The best vehicles for outside support are rarely other governments and their own programmes, but international civil society partnerships. Democratic countries do need to convey better examples of inclusive, equitable governance. They should strengthen solidarity in giving consistent support for human rights that nourish healthy civil societies. Our focus should be on the real lives of others, rather than on geo-political positioning and competitive national interest. This brief details how and why democracy has eroded in recent years, and how Canada and Germany, alongside democratic partners, can effectively strengthen democracy’s prospects at home and abroad.
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