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How is the decline of established parties transforming politics in Latin America—and beyond?
When democracies come under pressure, what forces and conditions are key to their survival?
Why are authoritarian regimes turning to regional organizations as a tool for bolstering fellow autocrats?
Through 17 November 2018, the Journal of Democracy's October 2018 issue can be viewed free of charge on Project MUSE. A set of seven articles investigates the trends underlying recent changes in Latin America's political landscape—from the sweeping victory of leftist candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexico's July elections (Kenneth F. Greene and Mariano Sánchez-Talanquer) to the impeachment of President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski in Peru (Alberto Vergara). Our cluster on "Latin America's Shifting Politics" also features:
Steven Levitsky with an assessment of democracy's overall fortunes in the region;
Forrest D. Colburn and Arturo Cruz S. on Costa Rica;
Laura Gamboa on Colombia;
Carlos de la Torre on Ecuador; and
Jean-Paul Faguet on Bolivia.
Also in this issue:
Francis Fukuyama makes a case for the enduring salience of national identity;
Tom Ginsburg and Aziz Huq show how the study of "democratic near misses" can shed light on the factors that help democracies to endure under stress;
Sophie Lemière considers the unlikely alliance of an ex-authoritarian and a former political prisoner that led to Malaysia's recent electoral earthquake;
Richard Wike and Janell Fetterolf analyze trends in global public support for liberal democracy—and its rivals;
Christopher Carothers argues that competitive authoritarian regimes have shown themselves to be remarkably unstable; and
Tarek Masoud reviews Safwan M. Masri's Tunisia: An Arab Anomaly.
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.