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.
Special complimentary issue:
Through 15 February 2018, the Journal of Democracy and Johns Hopkins University Press are pleased to make available free of charge the full content of our January 2018 issue. Click here to access full-text articles exploring these and other critical questions:
How are foreign kleptocrats using Western institutions to protect their ill-gotten gains? In our seven-article cluster on transnational kleptocracy, analysts examine the rise of offshore finance, Malaysia’s massive 1MDB scandal, how Russia and China compare to the kleptocratic model, and more.
Does democracy help or hurt the struggle against terrorism? Amichai Magen explains the “triple democracy advantage” in preventing and responding to terror, while Geoffrey Macdonald and Luke Waggoner argue that rising extremism in Tunisia highlights the importance of managing expectations during democratic transitions.
What went wrong in Burma? Zoltan Barany assesses why high hopes for democratic change in Aung San Suu Kyi’s Burma have faded amid stalled reforms and a brutal military assault on the Rohingya Muslim minority.
Our January-issue contributors also investigate the nature of nativism in Western Europe; the grassroots politics of Timor-Leste’s recent elections; and the surprising impact of presidential-election runoffs in Latin America.
In a thought-provoking thirty-minute interview, frequent Journal contributor and Editorial Board member Ivan Krastev discusses with the Open Society Foundation’s Leonard Benardo his new book After Europe. From the unexpected return of nationalism and socialism to the rise of populism and eruption of “demographic panic,” this wide-ranging dialogue examines key social and political dynamics likely to shape Europe’s politics in the years to come.
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.