Interview: Democratic backsliding in the international environment

Interview: Democratic backsliding in the international environment

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Foreign support for democracy over the last fifty years was important in both the spread of democracy and also in the form that democracy took. In recent decades, international community support for democracy has decreased, leading to a phenomenon known as democratic backsliding, in which governments slip closer toward authoritarianism as democratic ideals fade away. Susan D. Hyde address why many forms of current backsliding have been gradual and difficult to detect, and which countries are more likely to be affected by the decline in Western support for pro-democracy movements going forward, including Venezuela and Nicaragua.

Hyde is a Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Avice M. Saint Chair in Public Policy. She studies international influences on domestic politics, teaches courses on international relations and comparative politics, and actively promotes policy-relevant research. She is an expert on international election observation, election fraud, democracy promotion, and international norms.