Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Program on Energy and Sustainable Development Stanford University


Democratic Governance and the Performance of Democracy

Working Paper

Larry Diamond - CDDRL

Issued by
CDDRL Working Papers, November 2009

The battle for accountability and good governance-and thus sustainable democracy and development-will not be won by foreign actors or pressures. The most that international actors can do is to empower and partner with advocates of good governance-which includes freedom, human rights, accountability, and a rule of law. But throughout the emerging market countries, societies are organizing and demanding for these goals. It's about time we gave them the full measure of political, financial and technical support they need to bring about a revolution in governance-a revolution that will transform the possibilities for democracy and development.