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JULY 2017 HIGHLIGHTS
India’s Democracy at 70: Ashutosh Varshney explores how India’s government has grappled with the political cross-pressures produced by the country’s potent mix of broad political participation and sweeping income inequality.
Other essays in this cluster consider India’s federal structure, evolving party system, highly active judiciary, and complex civil society, along with other features and institutions of the world’s largest democracy.
Why liberalism needs democracy: Retracing the bumpy historical road once traveled by today’s advanced liberal democracies, Sheri Berman argues against a technocratic response to rising illiberalism.
A surprising resilience: Agnes Cornell, Jørgen Møller, and Svend-Erik Skaaning show why analogies with interwar Europe, although regularly invoked as a reminder of democratic fragility, may often be misdirected.
Also in our July issue, Kevin J. O’Brien explores alienation among CCP insiders in China; Matt Qvortrup and Liubomir Topaloff offer countervailing views on the rise of referendums; Sergey Radchenko looks beyond Turkmenistan’s sham elections; and much more.
Special Online Exchange
In a special exchange appearing only on our website, distinguished scholars Amy C. Alexander and Christian Welzel; Pippa Norris; and Erik Voeten offer critiques of the July 2016 and January 2017 articles by Roberto Stefan Foa and Yascha Mounk. A reply from Foa and Mounk follows.
Authoritarianism Goes Global: The Challenge to Democracy
In recent years, as leading authoritarian countries such as China, Iran, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela have become emboldened within the global arena, challenging the liberal international political order, the advanced democracies have retreated rather than responding to this threat.
Democracy in Decline?
For almost a decade, Freedom House’s annual survey has highlighted a decline in democracy in most regions of the globe. Some analysts say this shows that the world has entered a "democratic recession." Others dispute that interpretation, emphasizing democracy’s success in maintaining the huge gains it made during the last quarter of the twentieth century.