New Jersey Officials are “not just Corrupt but Breathtakingly Stupid”

In an opinion piece for New Jersey state newspaper, the Star Ledger, columnist Bob Braun shares his disappointment after 44 New Jersey residents were arrested on corruption charges yesterday. In a state where mafia-style corruption has been both romanticized to the outside world (think: The Sopranos) and accepted within the state, Braun’s analysis epitomizes the…

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Revisiting the “Resource Curse” and Democracy Nexus from an Accountability Framework

Why are so many nations rich with highly concentrated resources so frequently undemocratic? The long-debated “resource curse” gets new evidence from Dr. Gilbert Maoundonodji, a Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow. He argues that in Chad resources actively hinder a nation’s ability to foster democratic development. In this post, we’ll take a look at Dr. Maoundonodji’s arguement, then…

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New Media Initiative in Liberia

There’s a new media group in Liberia, and we’re happy to welcome the Liberia Media Initiative for Peace Democracy and Development to the community. Civil society in Liberia one aspect of the governance framework that is doing pretty well, picking up a lot of the slack that formal government institutions might otherwise do. The media…

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