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.
APRIL 2017 HIGHLIGHTS
For the first time ever the Journal of Democracy is devoting a set of articles to the state of democracy in the United States. Two of these articles are among our free selections from the April 2017 issue:
The populist convergence: William A. Galston examines the factors that have shaken many Americans’ trust in elites and institutions, and the implications for liberal democracy of the present “Populist Moment” in the United States and other Western countries.
Are social media undermining democracy? Nathaniel Persily assesses the impact on the 2016 U.S. election and the democratic process more broadly of growing Internet phenomena such as bots, trolls, livestreaming, and the social-media fueled spread of sensationalist fake news.
Our third free article is drawn from the 2016 Lipset Lecture by Georgian political scientist Ghia Nodia.
How nationalism endures: Ghia Nodia, in “The End of the Postnational Illusion,” considers why nationalism has defied social-scientific predictions to remain a potent force in modern polities around the globe.
Our April issue also features articles by Arch Puddington and Tyler Roylance on Freedom House’s 2017 Freedom in the World survey; Sheriff Kora and Momodou N. Darboe on the dramatic electoral ouster of the Gambia’s strongman ruler; Jack Snyder on how modernization’s paradoxes have fed populist nationalism; and more.
Special Online Exchange
In a special exchange appearing only on our website, distinguished scholars Amy C. Alexander and Christian Welzel; Pippa Norris; and Erik Voeten offer critiques of the July 2016 and January 2017 articles by Roberto Stefan Foa and Yascha Mounk. A reply from Foa and Mounk follows.
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.