Democratic Governance

Democratic governance – the decision-making processes that translate citizens’ preferences into policy actions – is a crucial component of ensuring that democracy delivers. Between elections, citizens must have avenues to participate in decision making, stay informed, and hold government accountable for its performance. Strong democratic governance is characterized by transparency, open dialogue, efficient regulation, and effective rule of law.

The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) was founded on the idea that political and economic freedoms are intertwined, and helps strengthen institutions of government accountability, with a focus on engaging the private sector in public policy discourse. Though its programs and partners, CIPE also supports the understanding of democratic freedoms and values among officials, businesspeople, and the public.

Through its programs and international partnerships, CIPE strives to improve policy processes and make democracy work through programs that:

  • Engage citizens and the private sector in policy dialogue.
  • Promote open debate and greater transparency in the policy making process.
  • Improve local governance through administrative reform and public-private engagement.
  • Educate legislators about economic policy alternatives and support economic platform development by political parties.
  • Assist democratic transitions through constitutional reform processes and institution building.

Read more about CIPE's democratic governance programs.

Related Publications

Democratic Backsliding in Bulgaria

Article at a Glance:

  • Since 2013, Bulgaria has been in a period of severe political instability and has seen an erosion of democracy, which poses great challenges to the future development of the country.
  • The biggest threat to democracy and free enterprise in Bulgaria is the dysfunctional judicial system directly related to widespread corruption issues
  • Democratic backsliding in Bulgaria has manifested itself in state capture, a dependent media, xenophobia, and opportunistic economic policies

How Good Governance Got a Bad Name – and Why Governance Still Matters

Article at a glance:

  • Critics of “good governance” recommendations state that best-practice ideals make poor guides to navigating reform in developing countries.
  • Governance deals with decision making, prioritization, and government performance. Deferring governance reforms can carry a high cost.
  • Governance can be improved in accord with local practices and conditions, building on what works.

2016 Annual Report

In 2016, CIPE worked on over 130 projects in more than 50 countries.

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