Political crises around the world are casting doubt on representative democracy and the Western model of government. A quarter century after the demise of the Soviet Union, and declarations about the inevitability of liberal democracies, that paradigm is under serious threat. From the economic crises in Europe, to revolutions in the Arab world and beyond, a shadow has been cast on the efficacy of Western systems.
There are other camps. China tempts with a kind of constructive authoritarianism that delivers while avoiding the messiness of democracy. In Russia, a modern Tsar dons the trappings of democracy, defies the “imperial West”, and elicits pride in those who hate the hegemon.