Published on WSJ.com on March 29, 2014
Voters in Turkey, India, and Brazil head to the polls this year along with other big developing countries. Tired of slowing economic growth and alleged corruption, many are seeking change, while longtime leaders and ruling parties in some nations are maneuvering to stay in power.
Underlying some of these elections are also social tensions between religious conservatives and secular moderates, with “traditional values” candidates gaining sway ahead of some races. Here’s an overview of significant elections, and why they matter.