Democracy in Decline?

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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.

The Signs of Deconsolidation

Article
January 2017

Political scientists have long assumed that “democratic consolidation” is a one-way street, but survey evidence of declining support for democracy from across the established democracies suggests that deconsolidation is a genuine danger.

The Specter Haunting Europe: Distinguishing Liberal Democracy’s Challengers

Article
October 2016

Liberal democracy in Europe today is under siege from a variety of political forces, but it is critical to recognize the distinctions among them.

The Specter Haunting Europe: Surging Illiberalism in the East

Article
October 2016

The crisis of liberal democracy is Europe-wide, but it has assumed an especially intense form in Central and Eastern Europe.

The Specter Haunting Europe: The Lost Left

Article
October 2016

Post-1945 Western Europe benefited greatly from center-left parties offering real solutions to real problems. Where has that left gone?

The Specter Haunting Europe: Populism and Protest in Poland

Article
October 2016

Once the poster child for successful postcommunist transitions to democracy, Poland is now governed by populist nationalists. What happened?

The Specter Haunting Europe: “Heritage Populism” and France’s National Front

Article
October 2016

Once a protest party, the right-wing National Front has sought to recast itself for electoral success. How will Marine Le Pen fare in the 2017 presidential race?

The Specter Haunting Europe: The Unraveling of the Post-1989 Order

Article
October 2016

What some had thought would be the “end of history” has instead turned out to be the “new world disorder.” Democratic liberalism may have no new ideological rival, but older identities are powerfully reasserting themselves.

The Specter Haunting Europe: Will the German Center Hold?

Article
September 2016

Europe’s democratic stability hinges on Germany, but a far-right challenger is on the rise. Can the country’s long-dominant centrist parties hold on?

The Danger of Deconsolidation: The Democratic Disconnect

Article
July 2016

Is democratic deconsolidation underway in the United States and Europe? In recent years, support for democracy, especially among millennials, has been dwindling in a number of established democracies.

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