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.
How are new digital technologies transforming the arsenal of authoritarianism—and reshaping democratic politics?
The Journal of Democracy's January 2019 issue—available free of charge through 15 February 2019 on Project Muse—features a set of four articles examining the growing threat of digital repression:
An overview essay by Larry Diamond outlines the ways in which new technologies are threatening to undermine democracy, and even to foster “postmodern totalitarianism”;
Ronald J. Deibert explores the “personal-data surveillance economy” underlying social media;
Steven Feldstein highlights the dangers posed by the proliferation and abuse of artificial intelligence;
Xiao Qiang explains how Chinese authorities are harnessing advanced digital technologies to build a comprehensive system of monitoring and control.
Also in this issue:
Will right-of-center politicians and intellectuals join Hungary's Viktor Orbán in his embrace of “illiberal democracy”? Marc F. Plattner analyzes the emerging struggle on the political right.
How did Brazil’s democracy pave the way for the rise of Jair Bolsonaro? Wendy Hunter and Timothy J. Power investigate the far-right populist’s path to the presidency.
Does India's BJP government pose a threat to pluralistic democracy? Sumit Ganguly and Swapan Dasgupta offer contrasting views.
Scott Mainwaring and Fernando Bizzarro chart the post-transition fortunes of the third-wave democracies;
Roberto D’Alimonte considers how Italy's populists came to power, and what their victory portends;
Aqil Shah examines the alliance with the military that helped to bring about populist Imran Khan’s electoral win in Pakistan;
Alex Magaisa shows that the competitive authoritarian system created by dictator Robert Mugabe has endured through Zimbabwe's first post-Mugabe elections;
Lee Morgenbesser discusses the recent crackdown in Cambodia, capped by sham elections; and
Alberto Simpser reviews How to Rig an Election, by Nic Cheeseman and Brian Klaas.
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.