The Regime Change We Need

Democracy fatigue threatens choose-your-color revolutions. Transparency of the executive can revitalize enthusiasm.

Issue: Nov-Dec 2006

It may be lonely at the top, but many presidents around the world wouldn't have it any other way. Western observers are accustomed to the autocratic tendencies of Arab strongmen and African dictators, but elsewhere a new breed of executive is emerging, sometimes combining bravado with popularity, in other cases professing democracy while seeking exemptions from it, and even pioneering a model of governance which defies Western hopes of smooth democratic transitions.

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