Seeking ‘good-enough-governance’ — not democracy

By Stephen D. Krasner – Only rarely have American leaders been able to reconcile the nation’s democratic values, material interest and national security.

Only in a relatively small percentage of countries, and then only in the last century, have people been able to live in a polity where everyone had access to the rule of law, the right to form organizations, the ability to participate in free and fair elections, secure property rights, freedom of expression and worship, open economic opportunities, physical security and a police force and military effectively constrained by civilian authorities.

For most countries, for most of human history, men with guns controlled political power and have never wanted to give it up. Rulers have acted like bandits. more>

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