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Is Xi Jinping returning China to a Mao-style personalist dictatorship? How is China under Xi exerting its authoritarian influence in its neighborhood—and around the world?
In the Journal of Democracy's April issue, a set of eight articles on “China in Xi’s new era” examines the country’s internal changes in the wake of the 19th Party Congress, its expanding global ambitions, and its influence operations from Canberra to the Czech Republic:
Susan L. Shirk examines how Xi Jinping has dismantled the mechanisms put in place after Mao Zedong’s death to prevent the “overconcentration of power”;
Minxin Pei assesses China’s newly assertive foreign policy;
Shanthi Kalathil describes how China’s growth-without-liberalization agenda is changing the conversation on development;
Orville Schell surveys the neglected treasury of Chinese democratic thought;
And China’s overseas influence efforts come under the spotlight in articles by John Fitzgerald on Australia, Anne-Marie Brady on New Zealand, Donald K. Emmerson on Singapore, and Martin Hala on Central and Eastern Europe.
What does the rise of populism mean for liberal democracies? Prominent political scientists William A. Galston and Yascha Mounk weigh in.
And see our full issue for a report by Michael J. Abramowitz and Sarah Repucci on Freedom House’s new survey, as well as new takes on Kenya’s presidential election, Brazil’s mammoth corruption scandal, and more.
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.