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 2016 Highlights
- “China and the ‘Singapore Model’”: Stephan Ortmann and Mark Thompson examine China’s efforts to learn the island-state's secret for combining authoritarian rule with “good governance.”
- “Ethiopia: The 100% Election”: Leonardo Arriola and Terrence Lyons explore the implications of the ruling party's total victory in 2015. In a companion piece, Simegnish Yekoye Mengesha details the government’s crackdown on dissent.
- "Learning from Virtuous Circles": In the first of four essays on “The Quest for Good Governance,” Alina Mungiu-Pippidi looks for the key to controlling corruption and achieving good governance.
The January issue also features Nancy Bermeo "On Democratic Backsliding"; Christopher Walker on the authoritarian “Hijacking of ‘Soft Power’” and Lucan Way on the “Weaknesses of Autocracy Promotion”; and Neil DeVotta writes about Sri Lanka’s hopeful 2015 elections.
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.