Democratic Governance

Democratic governance – the decision-making processes that translate citizens’ preferences into policy actions – is a crucial component of ensuring that democracy delivers. Between elections, citizens must have avenues to participate in decision making, stay informed, and hold government accountable for its performance. Strong democratic governance is characterized by transparency, open dialogue, efficient regulation, and effective rule of law.

The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) was founded on the idea that political and economic freedoms are intertwined, and helps strengthen institutions of government accountability, with a focus on engaging the private sector in public policy discourse. Though its programs and partners, CIPE also supports the understanding of democratic freedoms and values among officials, businesspeople, and the public.

Through its programs and international partnerships, CIPE strives to improve policy processes and make democracy work through programs that:

  • Engage citizens and the private sector in policy dialogue.
  • Promote open debate and greater transparency in the policy making process.
  • Improve local governance through administrative reform and public-private engagement.
  • Educate legislators about economic policy alternatives and support economic platform development by political parties.
  • Assist democratic transitions through constitutional reform processes and institution building.

Read more about CIPE's democratic governance programs.

Related Publications

How Good Governance Got a Bad Name – and Why Governance Still Matters

Article at a glance:

  • Critics of “good governance” recommendations state that best-practice ideals make poor guides to navigating reform in developing countries.
  • Governance deals with decision making, prioritization, and government performance. Deferring governance reforms can carry a high cost.
  • Governance can be improved in accord with local practices and conditions, building on what works.

2016 Annual Report

In 2016, CIPE worked on over 130 projects in more than 50 countries.

Threats to Democracy in Slovakia

Article at a glance:

  • Despite nearly three decades of progress, the recent rise of authoritarian-leaning and opportunistic politicians in Slovakia and other Central European countries points to the challenges faced by these young democracies.
  • Just like in 1989, growing dissatisfaction is generating demand for change. This time, however, the feelings of frustration may push people further towards extreme ideas as opposed to democratic ideals.
  • Building and preserving inclusive democratic institutions is a formidable challenge, as illustrated by the current troubling developments in Slovakia.


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