For more than twenty years, the Journal of Democracy has been a leading voice in the conversation about government by consent and its place in the world. The Journal is published for the National Endowment for Democracy by the Johns Hopkins University Press and is available to subscribers through Project MUSE.
- In “The Rise of the World’s Poorest Countries,” Steven Radelet details how a billion people have been lifted out of extreme poverty as health and education have improved, conflict has declined, and democracy has spread in low-income countries.
- As part of the Journal’s ongoing coverage of resurgent authoritarianism, Anne Applebaum delves into the Bolshevik roots of Russia’s efforts to crush independent civil society.
- In “After the Arab Spring: How the Media Trashed the Transitions,” Marc Lynch explores how media drove the wave of uprisings that began in late 2010 but also contributed to their failure to produce lasting democratic institutions.
The October issue also features essays on authoritarianism, the aftermath of the Arab Spring, “non-Western” democracy, militarism in Latin America, and the impact of decentralization.
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.
Democratization and Authoritarianism in the Arab World
The uprisings that swept the Arab world beginning in 2010 toppled four entrenched rulers and seemed to create a political opening in a region long impervious to democratization.
After the Arab Spring: How the Media Trashed the Transitions
Authoritarianism Goes Global (II): The Leninist Roots of Civil Society Repression