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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?
In the July 2018 issue of the Journal of Democracy, our lead set of articles explores the swell of populist and illiberal currents across East Central Europe:
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;
Péter Krekó and Zsolt Enyedi explain the factors behind Hungary's democratic backsliding and the landslide victory of Fidesz in April 2018 elections;
Five other articles explore developments in Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, and Romania.
Our July 2018 issue also features NED’s Christopher Walker on authoritarian sharp power; Rached Ghannouchi on Islam and democracy; Roberto Stefan Foa on a new form of authoritarian modernity; 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.