New Issue of the Journal of Democracy: October 2022

The October issue of the Journal of Democracy is out now. The new issue features essays by Michael Ignatieff, Timothy J. Colton, and Roger B. Myerson, a debate among key experts on democratic backsliding, and more.

  • In “The Politics of Enemies,” Michael Ignatieff warns that even though “democratic politics is a fierce, no-holds-barred competition for power,” letting it devolve into a battle—particularly one marked by violence—between existential foes risks upending the democratic project.
  • Opposition movements often boycott rigged polls rather than risk legitimizing an autocrat. In “How to Compete in Unfair Elections,” Alyena Batura explains why that is a mistake and sketches a playbook for how to seize the advantage.
  • Debate: Democracies are under stress, but they are not about to buckle despite the erosion of norms. With few exceptions, write Jason Brownlee and Kenny Miao in “Why Democracies Survive,” affluent democracies will endure. Yascha Mounk, Nancy Bermeo, Tom Ginsburg, and Susan Hyde and Elizabeth N. Saunders offer sharp critiques of this optimistic vision.

Plus: A sweeping look at what Putin’s war will mean for both Russia and Ukraine; debunking the myth of the coup contagion; and revealing how Latin American abortion-rights activists have put together a string of victories.

Read the Journal of Democracy‘s just-released October issue free of charge on Project MUSE through November 15. 

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