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.
July 2015 Highlights
- In recent years, Europe’s top human-rights body has stayed willfully silent about abuses committed by the Azerbaijani regime, writes Gerald Knaus in "Europe and Azerbaijan: The End of Shame."
- While post-genocide Rwanda has made great strides in terms of economic growth, public health, and education, according Filip Reyntjens in “Rwanda: Progress or Powder Keg?,” its ruling regime has also grown increasingly repressive.
- In order to preserve their power and avoid international scrutiny, authoritarians are diversifying their tactics—“Countering Democratic Norms,” shaping cyberspace, and sabotaging election monitoring—as the essays in the cluster “Authoritarianism Goes Global” detail.
Also in the July issue are János Kornai on Hungary's retreat from democracy, Jørgen Møller and Francis Fukuyama on the roots of democracy, a look at the unwinding of China's reform era, and more.
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.
Authoritarianism Goes Global: Countering Democratic Norms