Marc F. Plattner

Coeditor, Journal of Democracy

Marc F. Plattner is founding coeditor of the Journal of Democracy and co-chair of the Research Council of the International Forum for Democratic Studies.

Until 2016, when he reduced his schedule to part time, he also served as NED’s vice president for research and studies. From 1984 to 1989, he was NED’s director of program. During the 2002–2003 academic year, he was a visiting professor at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. He has also been a visiting fellow at St. Antony’s College, Oxford (2011), and the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM), Vienna (2015). Before joining NED, he was a fellow at the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina (1983–84); advisor on Economic and Social Affairs at the United States Mission to the United Nations (1981–83); program officer at the Century Foundation (formerly the Twentieth Century Fund), a private foundation in New York City (1975–81); and managing editor of the Public Interest, a quarterly journal on public policy (1971–75).

Dr. Plattner graduated summa cum laude from Yale University and received his Ph.D. in government from Cornell University, where his principal area of study was political philosophy.

He is the author of Democracy Without Borders? Global Challenges to Liberal Democracy (2008) and Rousseau’s State of Nature (1979), a study of the political thought of Jean Jacques Rousseau. His articles on a wide range of international and public policy issues have appeared in numerous books and journals. Over the past two decades, he has coedited with Larry Diamond more than two dozen books on contemporary issues relating to democracy in the Journal of Democracy book series. The most recent are Authoritarianism Goes Global: The Challenge to Democracy (2016, also with Christopher Walker), Democracy in Decline? (2015), Democratization and Authoritarianism in the Arab World (2014); Will China Democratize? (2013, also with Andrew J. Nathan); and Democracy in East Asia: A New Century (2013, also with Yun-Han Chu).

Languages: French