Tag: Authoritarian Democracy

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Neither conformity nor non-conformity are value propositions in and of themselves outside the context of the object or the impetus of the subject. To do as others do simply because others do is no more informative than not to do as others do simply because they do. The problem with conformity today as it reaches […]

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On this AEI Events Podcast, experts convened at the American Enterprise Institute to celebrate Pew Research Center’s new report on global public opinions of democracy.

In his introductory remarks, Pew Research Center’s Richard Wike outlined the main findings of the report, which collected data from 38 countries to explore international support of democracy and attitudes toward nondemocratic forms of government. He explained that while the report’s data suggested broad support for representative and direct democracy worldwide, significant minorities endorsed nondemocratic alternatives.

Cambodia’s Crackdown on Dissent

 

The Government of Cambodia under Prime Minister Hun Sen conducted a midnight raid on Sunday, September 3. Kem Sokha, the leader of the opposition party CNRP, was arrested and taken into police custody. He was accused of treason, what the government said was a US-backed plot to destabilize the country’s leadership. This is just one of the many examples of the crackdown on dissent carried out by Hun Sen, ahead of the general election next year.

Democracy in Cambodia had been making quite a progress since the coup in July 1997. Decentralization reform over the past two decades had strengthened political accountability. Khmers were able to hold local leaders accountable through local elections. The economy has performed very well; it’s been growing at a 7% rate annually since 1993. And inequality has dropped perceptibly, according to the World Bank. After thirty plus years of trying to dig themselves out of the abyss, Khmers could finally see a good future without chaos ahead.