There Is More to Democracy That Delivers

08.13.2021 | Articles | Aarya Nijat

U.S. President Joe Biden will host a virtual democracy summit on December 9-10, 2021. The purpose of the summit is to exercise American leadership towards global democratic renewal by focusing across three principal themes: defending against authoritarianism, fighting corruption, and promoting respect for human rights. Anchored in the idea of the power of America’s example, the summit is expected to serve as a platform where the U.S. will lead the world’s democracies in confronting challenges of democratic backsliding and agreeing on a shared agenda to address threats to shared values. Given the memories of the past four years’ experiment with democracy at home, this announcement has raised questions. But its promise of political renewal has also re-energized the policy community. The result is an ongoing conversation by policy circles that includes, among others, different interpretations of the concept of democracy that delivers
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