Trouble in the Advanced Democracies? A Quarter-Century of Declining Confidence

Issue Date April 2000
Volume 11
Issue 2
Page Numbers 5-25
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A quarter-century after the classic study The Crisis of Democracy was published, three distinguished political scientists find that, though the “crisis” may have disappeared, public confidence is on the decline in almost all the world’s advanced democracies.

About the Authors

Susan J. Pharr

Susan J. Pharr, Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics at Harvard University, is the author of Losing Face: Status Politics in Japan (1990) and Media and Politics in Japan (1996).

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Robert D. Putnam

Robert D. Putnam is Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University.

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Russell J. Dalton

Russell J. Dalton is professor of political science at the University of California–Irvine and author of The Good Citizen: How the Young Are Reshaping American Politics (2007).

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