International FORUM for democratic studies

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About the Forum

The International Forum for Democratic Studies is a leading center for analysis and discussion of the theory and practice of democracy around the world which strives to bridge the gap between academic research and the practice of democracy through several initiatives...
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    Research Council

    The Forum draws upon a group of approximately 80 scholars and specialists recognized for their outstanding work and expertise on democracy.

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  • DEMOCRACY
    IDEAS

    Leading thinkers share their insights on democracy in this video interview series.

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  • Network of Democracy Research Institutes

    A global network of think tanks that conduct research and analysis on democratization.

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  • APSA-Comparative Democratization

    A network of scholars within the American Political Science Association who promote analysis of the origins, processes, and outcomes of democratization around the world.

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LATEST Forum NEWS

Aug 04, 2016

Book Launch: "Authoritarianism Goes Global" Events in Europe

Authoritarianism Goes Global gained much attention in Europe as co-editors Marc F. Plattner and Christopher Walker traveled to five cities in Europe in May and June 2016 to present the book's findings at a series of public panels and roundtable...

Jul 18, 2016

Journal of Democracy July 2016 Issue: The Danger of Deconsolidation

The Dangers of Deconsolidation"Citizens in a number of supposedly consolidated democracies in North America and Western Europe" are now "more cynical about the value of democracy as a political system . . . and more willing to express support...

Jul 11, 2016

APSA-CD Newsletter: Democratization and Civil Conflict

"The history that has come down to us in writing is very much a history of conflict over political power. The most well-attested of these conflicts have been 'international', that is, conflicts of external conquest and domination. But domestic...

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October 05, 2016

The Legacy of Vaclav Havel and the Future of Democracy

04:00 AM- 09:00 AM
A half-day international conference celebrating the 80th anniversary of Vaclav Havel's birth.
  • RESEARCH COUNCIL SPOTLIGHT

    Thomas Carothers

    Thomas Carothers is the vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He is the founder and director of the Democracy and Rule of Law Program, which analyzes the state of democracy in the world and the efforts by the United States and other countries...

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    Yun-han Chu

    Yun-han Chu is distinguished research fellow of the Institute of Political Science at Academia Sinica and professor of political science at National Taiwan University. He serves concurrently as president of Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange. Prof. Chu...

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    Bridget Welsh

    Bridget Welsh is professor of political science at Ipek University. She is also senior research associate at the Center for East Asia Democratic Studies at National Taiwan University, senior associate fellow of The Habibie Center in Indonesia and university fellow of Charles Darwin...

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    Javier Corrales

    Javier Corrales is professor of political science at Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts. He obtained his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University. He is the co-author (with Michael Penfold) of Dragon in the Tropics: Venezuela and the Legacy Hugo Chávez, now...

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    Ellen Lust

    Ellen Lust is the Founding Director of the Programs on Governance and Local Development at Yale University and at the University of Gothenburg, and Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Gothenburg. She also serves as a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at...

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Publications

  • Journal of Democracy

    The July 2016 issue explores Western citizens' commitment to democracy, 25 years after the USSR, the legacies of delegative democracy in Latin America, and more.

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  • Authoritarianism Goes Global: The Challenge to Democracy

    Over the past decade, leading authoritarian countries have become emboldened within the global arena, challenging the liberal international political order.

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  • Stifling the Public Sphere: Media and Civil Society in Egypt, Russia, and Vietnam

    Three experts assess the shape and trajectory of civil society and the media in Egypt, Russia, and Vietnam, and the restrictions that are placed on them.

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  • Democracy in Decline?

    Scholars explore concerns and offer competing viewpoints about the state of democracy today in this Journal of Democracy book.

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