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Crisis of Confidence
Is Democracy the Problem?

Democracy skeptics are getting a wider hearing than ever these days. But on five crucial issues that ail us, the evidence shows that some democracies do better while almost all non-democracies do not.

Published on: January 16, 2019
Thomas Carothers is senior vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and director of the Endowment’s Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program.  He is a leading international authority on the global state of democracy and international efforts to support democracy and human rights. The author gratefully acknowledges research assistance for this article provided by Gareth Fowler and Andrew O'Donohue as well as research support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
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