From Russia to United States, democracy might be ‘backsliding’ globally

From Russia to United States, democracy might be ‘backsliding’ globally

In the mid-1970s, citizens across the world took to the streets to demand democracy from their governments, spurring a wave of democratization that transformed governments from Africa to Asia to Europe. But a concerning trend of democratic “backsliding” has taken place in recent years, writes the author of a new study in Science, as governments gradually shift away from their democratic ideals and slip closer toward authoritarianism.

Even leaders in well-established democracies, such as the United States and India, have adopted more authoritarian rhetoric. But in other countries, like Russia and China, leaders are actively working to undermine democracy’s legitimacy, the researcher says. A certain set of circumstances pave the way for this democratic backsliding—and how citizen movements and international support for democracy can play a role in defending it.

Read the research (free): https://scim.ag/3lPWSFU

PRODUCER/EDITOR
Rasha Aridi

SUPERVISING PRODUCER
Joel Goldberg

NARRATION
Sarah Crespi

RESEARCH
Hyde, S., Science 2020.
DOI: 10.1126/science.abb2434

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Susan Hyde, Nathalie Cary

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