Category Archives: Journal of Democracy

Nathan Glazer, R.I.P.

     

2009 Seymour Martin Lipset Lecture: Nathan Glazer from National Endowment for Democracy on Vimeo. Nathan Glazer, a prominent sociologist and public intellectual who assisted on a classic study of conformity,… Read more »

Are social media platforms ‘rotting democracy from within’?

     

  Facebook has entered a new era of cautious glasnost, inviting researchers to look ‘under the hood’ of various aspects of its operations, and understand how it formulates and implements… Read more »

‘Springtime for Strongmen’? Explaining the rise of populist authoritarians

     

How are we to understand the resurgence of authoritarianism? What form does it now take? What responsibility do elites bear for its success? These are among the most important questions… Read more »

Autocracy’s forward march: stampede or slog?

     

Across the globe, entrenched authoritarians tightened their grip last year – watch China, for instance. Relatively new authoritarians extended their crackdowns – Hungary, Turkey, the Philippines are a few examples…. Read more »

Is a populist specter really threatening democracy?

     

2019 stands a good chance of being the year that the populist project crumbles into incoherence, as it becomes increasingly clear that bad ideas have bad consequences, argues FT analyst… Read more »

Is more democracy always better democracy?

     

…….asks Harvard University scholar Yascha Mounk. Some political scientists contend that “[s]eemingly minor variations in the institutional setup of democracies” determine the different ways in which states behave, while “supposedly… Read more »

When democracies collapse, what remains?

     

When democracy erodes, what remains? When a democracy backslides, where does it wind up? When democracy dies, what is born? asks Dan Slater, a Professor of Political Science and Director… Read more »

Liberal democracy’s weaknesses pulling it apart?

     

Brazil’s election, along with the rest of the populist trend, represents something more disruptive than a single wave with a single point of origin. Research suggests it exemplifies weaknesses and… Read more »

How to counter democracy’s vulnerability to populist demagogues

     

Jair Bolsonaro’s presidential victory in Brazil is part of a growing trend of authoritarian leaders being democratically elected across the world, notes Latin America expert Pablo Galarce. “[What] has happened… Read more »

Liberal democracy’s crisis of confidence

     

Liberal democracy is experiencing a crisis of confidence, according to the Pew Research Center’s Richard Wike and Janell Fetterolf. Scholars and pundits may disagree about the nature and depth of… Read more »