Tilbakeslag for rettsstaten og håp for 2019

Globalt ble 2018 et dårlig år for rettsstaten. I sin åpningstale som ny FN-kommisjoner for menneskerettigheter, uttrykte Michelle Bachelet i september 2018 fortvilelse over de mange tilbakeslagene verden rundt: Dommere ble verbalt angrepet i USA, sparket i Polen og arrestert i Tyrkia, av statenes utøvende myndigheter. Regjeringsmakt ble styrket på bekostning av grunnleggende sivile rettigheter i […]

Breaking BAD team participated in radio show

During the Breaking BAD project meeting in Accra, Ghana, Lise Rakner (Principal Investigator, CMI/Uni. of Bergen), Nicolas van de Walle (Cornell University), Leo Arriola (Uni. of California, Berkley) and Franklin Oduro (Deputy Executive Director, CDD-Ghana) participated in a radio show titled ‘World Affairs’. The topic of the day was ‘Threats to democracy in Africa’, and our three […]

Breaking BAD Workshop Debuts in Ghana

PRESS RELEASE, collected from CDD-Ghana’s webpage. 4th July, 2018 The Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) and the NorGlobal Network, have hosted Ghanaian scholars and practitioners in the field of democracy and governance to share insights on the political, economic and social threats to democracy in the country. Dubbed Breaking Backlash Against Democracy (Breaking BAD), […]

Opinion: Costa Rica’s 2018 elections: corruption, morality politics, and voter alienation make uncertainty the only certainty

In a context of political dealignment and a fluid multiparty system, corruption scandals and a divisive international court ruling on sexual and reproductive rights have drastically altered the electoral landscape, write Evelyn Villarreal Fernández (State of the Nation Programme) and Bruce M. Wilson (University of Central Florida). Published on LSE Blogs, 1 February 2018. This Sunday, 4 February 2018, will mark the 17th time since […]

Breaking Bad at Sampol

A new research project headed by Prof. Lise Rakner, will research whether dictators are abusing formal institutions in a Backlash Against Democracy (BAD) in Africa, or whether formal institutions increasingly restrain the discretionary power of more-or-less democratic politicians. Prof. Lise Rakner, has been passionate about setting up the new research project, which both correlates to […]

Mugabe’s demise: What’s next?

Svein-Erik Helle (CMI/UiB/LawTransform) has written a comment on the situation in Zimbabwe, published on CMI website 16.11.17.  After 37 years in power, it seems that history has finally caught up with Robert Mugabe. On Wednesday the 15th of November, armored vehicles from the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) descended on Harare, occupying key government buildings and […]