Democracy in Decline?

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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.

The Freedom House Survey for 2016: The Dual Threat of Populists and Autocrats

Article
April 2017

In 2016, established democracies figured prominently on the list of countries experiencing declines in freedom, while emboldened autocracies stepped up their repression at home and interference abroad. 

The 2016 U.S. Election: Can Democracy Survive the Internet?

Article
April 2017

Traditional intermediary institutions such as parties and the legacy media are not what they once were, and they are not coming back. What are the implications of new social media and digital-campaign techniques?

The 2016 U.S. Election: The Populist Moment

Article
April 2017

Rising populism in the U.S. and beyond is calling into question the liberal-democratic bargain that has defined the postwar era. What led to Americans’ present revolt against elites, and what are its implications?

The Signs of Deconsolidation

Article
January 2017

Political scientists have long assumed that “democratic consolidation” is a one-way street, but survey evidence of declining support for democracy from across the established democracies suggests that deconsolidation is a genuine danger.

The Specter Haunting Europe: The Unraveling of the Post-1989 Order

Article
October 2016

What some had thought would be the “end of history” has instead turned out to be the “new world disorder.” Democratic liberalism may have no new ideological rival, but older identities are powerfully reasserting themselves.

The Specter Haunting Europe: Distinguishing Liberal Democracy’s Challengers

Article
October 2016

Liberal democracy in Europe today is under siege from a variety of political forces, but it is critical to recognize the distinctions among them.

The Specter Haunting Europe: Surging Illiberalism in the East

Article
October 2016

The crisis of liberal democracy is Europe-wide, but it has assumed an especially intense form in Central and Eastern Europe.

The Specter Haunting Europe: The Lost Left

Article
October 2016

Post-1945 Western Europe benefited greatly from center-left parties offering real solutions to real problems. Where has that left gone?

The Specter Haunting Europe: Populism and Protest in Poland

Article
October 2016

Once the poster child for successful postcommunist transitions to democracy, Poland is now governed by populist nationalists. What happened?

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