Yang Sung-chul, chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Kim Dae-Jung Peace Foundation and a former Korean Ambassador to the United States, is the author of The North and South Korean Political System: A Comparative Analysis.
Sovereignty entails obligations as well as rights, and where compliance cannot be induced, pressure must be applied. And though positive incentives to encourage and enable compliance would be preferable, Brazil's government is showing that there must be sticks where carrots are not enough.
Although populism in Western democracies is nothing new, resentment toward elites and experts has certainly been on the rise. Does this trend reflect a breakdown in the system, or a system that is actually working too well?