With Western democracy in retreat, Asia may have to forge its own path

ASIA’s democracy deficit used to stem mainly from the self-interest and greed of local autocrats, but today the biggest threat increasingly comes from the erosion of institutions in established democracies that were once the standard setters of freedom and justice.

Past popular struggles against autocratic regimes drew strength from external inspiration and support. The so-called third wave of democracy in the 1970s saw student uprisings in Europe spread to Asia, which challenged autocratic…


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