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PRE-PRINT RELEASE: Roberto Foa and Yascha Mounk on "The Signs of Deconsolidation"
The Journal of Democracy is pleased to provide you with this link to the new essay by scholars Roberto Foa and Yascha Mounk on the troubling decline of belief in democracy among citizens of advanced democracies. Entitled “The Signs of Deconsolidation,” this essay will be published in the January 2017 of the Journal, but a pre-print copy is available now.
Foa and Mounk make a signal contribution to our understanding of democracy’s current troubles. Anyone who cares about the future of liberal democracy will want to read this essay.
- Erik Voeten, "No, People Really Are Not Turning Away from Democracy," Washington Post, Monkey Cage blog, 9 December 2016.
- Roberto Foa and Yascha Mounk, "Yes, People Really Are Turning Away from Democracy," Washington Post, Wonkblog, 8 December 2016.
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.