Freedom in the World: Political Rights and Civil Liberties, 1986-1987

Freedom in the World: Political Rights and Civil Liberties, 1986-1987

Freedom in the World: Political Rights and Civil Liberties, 1986-1987

Freedom in the World: Political Rights and Civil Liberties, 1986-1987

Synopsis

Maps and Tables Preface Part I. The Survey in 1986 Freedom in the Comparative Survey: Definitions and Criteria Survey Ratings and Tables for 1986 The Comparative Survey: Criticisms and Comparisons Part II. Current Issues Communications: Revising the Limits of Disclosure by Leonard R. Sussman Election in the Philippines Part III. Democracies: Issues and Comparisons Criticisms of the Liberal Concept of Democracy Democracy in the United States: A Comparative Evaluation Comparing Democracy in India and Japan Mauritius: A Small Third World Democracy Part IV. Country Summaries Introduction Summaries Part V. Related Territory Summaries Index

Excerpt

Americans have many foreign policy interests. For most citizens our economic and security relations are foremost, and our foreign policy is directed primarily to securing these interests. However, in the long run the future of our country will only be secured in a free and democratic world. From this perspective achieving this world is both a vital interest of Americans and a vital interest of all peoples. To help us in understanding where we are in the struggle to achieve this world and to keep the relevance of this issue before the public, Freedom House has supported the Comparative Survey of Freedom since 1972.

This yearbook marks the fourteenth year of the Comparative Survey and is the ninth edition in the Freedom House series of annual publications. Previous yearbooks, in addition to focusing on the Comparative Survey, have emphasized different aspects of freedom and human rights. The first yearbook, the 1978 edition, examined basic theoretical issues of freedom and democracy and assessed the record of the Year of Human Rights. The second yearbook reported extensively on a conference devoted to the possibilities of expanding freedom in the Soviet Union. The 1980 yearbook considered international issues in press freedom, aspects of trade union freedom, the struggle for democracy in Iran, elections in Zimbabwe, and the relationship between human rights policy and morality. The 1981 yearbook contained essays and discussions from a Freedom House conference on the prospects for freedom in Muslim Central Asia. The 1982 yearbook emphasized a variety of approaches to economic freedom and its relation to political and civil freedom. The 1983-84 yearbook addressed the problems of corporatism, and the health of democracy in the third world. It also incorporated the papers and discussions of a conference held at Freedom House on supporting democracy in mainland China and Taiwan. The 1984-85 yearbook came back to the themes of the definition of freedom, and the conditions for the development of freedom that were first addressed in the 1978 . . .

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