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What are the causes of East Central Europe’s growing illiberalism, and can the region’s democratic backsliding be halted?
How are states such as Russia and China using “sharp power” to manipulate politics in democracies?
What does the rise of "capitalist authoritarianism" mean for the global prospects of democracy?
Through 15 August 2018, the July 2018 issue of the Journal of Democracy is available free of charge on Project Muse. Our lead set of articles on East Central Europe explores the swell of populist and illiberal currents across six countries, and analyzes the broader factors behind the dramatic political shifts of recent years:
Jacques Rupnik traces the region’s current troubling trajectory to the “decoupling of liberalism from democracy”;
Ivan Krastev and Stephen Holmes argue that the “copycat nations” of East Central Europe are gripped by a rebellion against the post-1989 imperative to imitate the West;
Six other articles explore developments in Hungary (Péter Krekó and Zsolt Enyedi); Poland (Wojciech Przybylski); the Czech Republic (Jiri Pehe); Slovakia (Grigorij Mesežnikov and Oľga Gyárfášová); Bulgaria (Venelin I. Ganev); and Romania (Alina Mungiu-Pippidi).
Also in this issue:
NED’s Christopher Walker explains how sharp power is allowing authoritarian regimes to project influence and promote censorship around the globe;
Rached Ghannouchi, the leader of Tunisia’s Ennahdha party, makes the case for the compatibility of Islam and democracy;
Roberto Stefan Foa explores the ascent of a new form of authoritarian modernity;
Aurel Croissant, David Kuehn, and Tanja Eschenauer consider the role of militaries in determining whether autocracies will withstand mass protests;
Benjamin J. Spatz and Kai M. Thaler assess the implications of Liberia’s recent presidential election; and
Sumit Ganguly reviews Ornit Shani’s new book on the origins of universal suffrage in India.
POPULISM, LIBERALISM, DEMOCRACY : A BOOK LAUNCH CELEBRATION
How does populism challenge liberal democracy? Have democratic states grown unresponsive to voters? On 3 April 2018, prominent commentators and political scientists William A. Galston and Yascha Mounk discussed these and more questions at a joint book launch event hosted by the National Endowment for Democracy’s International Forum for Democratic Studies. The full video recording can be viewed on the Forum’s website.
Galston’s Anti-Pluralism: The Populist Threat to Liberal Democracy (Yale University Press) and Mounk’s The People vs. Democracy: Why Our Freedom Is in Danger and How to Save It (Harvard University Press) were both released in March 2018.
And don’t miss new articles by Mounk and Galston in the April Journal of Democracy:
- In “The Populist Challenge to Liberal Democracy,” Galston explores the social sources and political logic of populism, as well as ways in which liberal democracies can take advantage of their unique “power of self-correction” to respond.
- In “The Undemocratic Dilemma,” Mounk assesses how developed democratic states have grown increasingly unresponsive to voters; he argues that populism’s rise may in part reflect frustration with this “undemocratic liberalism.”
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.