NEW CHALLENGES TO DEMOCRACY
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NEW CHALLENGES TO DEMOCRACY AND GOVERNANCE OF THE DEFENCE AND SECURITY SECTOR
NEW CHALLENGES TO DEMOCRACY AND GOVERNANCE OF THE DEFENCE AND SECURITY SECTOR

Author(s): Alexandra Sarcinschi
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Social Sciences, Civil Society, Developing nations
Published by: Carol I National Defence University Publishing House
Keywords: democracy; governance; defence and security sector; illiberal democracy; national conservatism; autocratization; flawed democracy.
Summary/Abstract: The aim of this paper is to connect at a theoretical level the latest changes in the political landscape of Europe – namely the reinforcement of right-wing populism, national conservatism, Euro scepticism, etc. subsumed to the oxymoron “illiberal democracy” – to the issue of governance of the defence and security sector. Since these changes are to be considered challenges to nowadays democracy, it is obvious that the security sector might be placed under pressure by those who govern it and are not committed to the set of principles specific to this type of political leadership. The author will introduce a brief description of Europe’s political landscape, will identify some representative countries currently governed by nationalist parties and will correlate them with the most important indicators regarding governance of the defence and security sector.