Category: Journal of Democracy

Is Poland retreating from democracy?

     

In both Eastern and Western Europe, social-democratic parties have shifted to the center on economic policy, not only sapping the electoral strength of these parties, but also opening up political… Read more »

Africa’s ‘backsliding’ qualified by democratic resilience

     

Three decades after sub-Saharan Africa joined the “third wave,” democracy’s ability to endure has been established in many countries, but its quality remains a grave concern, notes Peter M. Lewis,… Read more »

Anti-hypocrisy rhetoric weaponized to attack postwar liberal order

     

The only way for the European Union to survive as a liberal actor in an increasingly illiberal environment is by transforming itself from a missionary who wants to shape the… Read more »

How the EU can solve its authoritarian creep

     

A union built to protect democracy faces authoritarian creep. Its leaders are divided over the best response, The Financial Times reports. The anti-democratic tilt in some EU states is an… Read more »

Global democracy ‘at or near a modern-day high’ – but still scope for renewal

     

  Anxiety over the future of democracy, the populist threat, authoritarian alternatives, growing illiberalism, and general democratic malaise may be misplaced, new research suggests. Public support for democratic ideals remains… Read more »

Good governance the touchstone for confronting authoritarianism

     

Confronting authoritarianism entails many elements, including judicial independence; creating a system that overcomes the harmful manifestations of capitalism; ensuring greater protection for political freedoms and the dynamic exchange of views;… Read more »

Populists in Power: a glimmer of hope?

     

The historical record since 1945 gives us a picture of how populists operate once they hold political power. The record shows that populism is inimical to liberal democracy, and not… Read more »

Cultural ‘retro backlash’ driving authoritarian populism

     

Cultural divisions and resentments are driving the rise of authoritarian populism across the Western world, according to a new book. Cultural backlash: Trump, Brexit, and authoritarian populism, by Pippa Norris… Read more »

Authoritarian populism ‘on the rise’

     

Populism is on the rise, according to the latest edition of the Authoritarian Populism Index. The index, an initiative of the Swedish think-tank Timbro, aims to determine to what extent… Read more »

The greatest threat to Western liberal democracies is……

     

Robert Kagan is “dead wrong” to contend that the greatest threat to Western liberal democracies is the ascendancy of authoritarianism, argues Harlan Ullman, a senior adviser at the Atlantic Council. The failure of… Read more »