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.
January 2017 Highlights
Still the “only game in town? In “The Signs of Deconsolidation,” Roberto Stefan Foa and Yascha Mounk examine survey evidence that suggests liberal democracy in the West may be more vulnerable to challengers than it looks.
Why Turkey’s putschists lost: Berk Esen and Sebnem Gumuscu explain how President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) thwarted an attempted putsch in Turkey, and the implications of Erdogan’s massive crackdown for Turkey’s future.
Explaining Brexit: Robert Ford and Matthew Goodwin analyze the long-term social and attitudinal changes that made Britain’s surprise vote to leave the European Union possible. Our contributors also explore the implications of “Brexit” for Northern Ireland, Scotland, and the British party system.
In addition, our January issue features reflections on the rise of “localism” in Hong Kong; violence against women in politics; Mongolia’s surprisingly robust democracy; the corruption-authoritarianism nexus in the old Soviet bloc; and the limitations of the “anticoup” norm.
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.