The Slow Change of Democracy

Renowned constitutional scholar, Sujit Choudhry, says the idea of democracy has evolved much all over the world since the Cold War. He says one great example of this is Poland’s Law and Justice Party. Since this party was voted by the public into office in 2015, it has focused almost exclusively on undermining and redefining democracy in Poland to the end of eliminating any efforts to do away with their ruling power (releasefact.com). They did this by first completely changing the country’s Constitutional Court. They remade the court’s constitution of panels, redefined voting procedure, revolutionized the assignment of judges to cases, and many other related matters. In essence, they have since been taking steps to an entire overhaul of the Polish democratic system.

This is just one example of democracy being drastically tampered with through recent decades. These are not things happening naturally but are being done through underhanded manipulations by the ruling governments for their own ends. We are seeing democracy used by undemocratic regimes to get themselves in power so that they can then undermine and change this democratic system from within and thus make good their own ends. These regimes are successfully getting into power because they are also successfully tricking the populace into thinking they are actually democratic.

The collapse of democracy in this way, says Choudhry, is bringing authoritarianism closer and closer to many countries. He points back to the Polish government as an example. Although it is making a much slower motion, the American government is also making this slide, albeit it extremely slowly. One reason why our ideas are becoming easier to change these days is that more and more it is becoming the case that we live in an environment where there are no right or wrong answers. However, governmental bodies are not the only ones producing these changes. The media is also at fault.  For an interesting interview of Sujit, click iconnectblog.com.

Choudhry’s book was published by the Oxford University Press (works.bepress.com)

For more details about Sujit, visit http://sujitchoudhry.com/

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